A game changer
STUDENTS concerned they have enrolled in the wrong course should urgently seek advice from career and study counsellors and reconsider their options before incurring costly tuition fees.
The university census date – the last date students can withdraw from a course without being financially liable – is Thursday, March 31.
Census dates also apply to vocational education students enrolled at TAFEs and other registered training organisations and fall after 20 per cent of the first study period has been reached – often in about week four or five.
Upskilled chief executive officer Jon Lang says VET students must be accessing VET FEE-HELP for census dates to apply, in which case the particular date will be clearly indicated in their enrolment package.
“The census date is basically a cooling off date,” Lang says. “It (census date) is one of the most wonderful things for students.”
Chisholm Institute of TAFE marketing and student recruitment manager Justin Fallu says anyone unhappy with the course they have enrolled in should speak with a careers or study counsellor before deciding to withdraw.
“The first few weeks should be about finding your feet and working out how a course is structured,” Fallu says.
“For some people, it (study) can be a big challenge.
“If a student does find they’re really not happy and the course is not right for them, career advisers will sit with them and work out the next steps and perhaps find something that suits them.”
Fallu says students can potentially enrol in a new course; start again during the next study period; or continue in their original course for the short-term, undertaking units that overlap with those in the new course.
Lauren Misso, 22, this year enrolled in a sports and recreation degree at university but soon found travelling 230km a day to attend lectures was unrealistic.
After researching options, she withdrew from the degree and enrolled in a dual Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management/Diploma of Sport Development at TAFE.
“I’m still glad that I gave it a go,’’ says Misso, who now hopes to go on to do further studies in outdoor education and education and ultimately find work as a PE teacher.
“But the course I’m doing probably gives me more options and doing it this way is going to give me a lot more qualifications.”
Lauren Misso switched courses after finding the 230km daily journey too hard.