Check important enrolment and payment deadlines for your higher education course.

What is census date?

Census date is the last day for you to finalise your course enrolment for each relevant study period(s) by:

  • submitting a 'Request for CSP' form to access a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • submitting a 'Request for Commonwealth assistance form' to access HELP loan(s) with a valid Tax File Number (TFN)
  • withdrawing from units or your course to avoid financial liability
  • applying for intermission (leave of absence) to avoid financial liability
  • paying your student contribution or tuition in full to avoid the cancellation of your enrolment.

Payment deadlines

Your payment deadline is always on the first Friday of each study period. You must pay in full by this date as per your statement of account (available via MyVU) to avoid a late payment penalty. If you are unable to pay by the due date, you may be able to access financial support if eligible.

If you miss the payment deadline, an encumbrance will also be applied to your student record which may prevent you from receiving results, academic transcripts, statement of attainment, graduating & re-enrolling.

Census & payment deadlines by study mode

2021 dates for HE study periods

Study period Payment due date Census date
Semester 3 (Summer term 2020/2021) 13 November 2020 15 January 2021
Semester 1 26 February 2021 19 March 2021
Semester 4 (Winter term) 18 June 2021 25 June 2021
Semester 2 6 August 2021 27 August 2021
Semester 3 (Summer term 2021/2022) 12 November 2021 14 January 2022

2020/2021 dates for HE study periods – international students

Study period Payment due date 1 Payment due date 2 Census date
Semester 3 (Summer term 2020/2021) 13 November 2020 Not applicable 15 January 2021
Semester 1 26 February 2021 16 April 2021 19 March 2021
Semester 4 (Winter term) 18 June 2021 Not applicable 25 June 2021
Semester 2 6 August 2021 8 October 2020 27 August 2021
Semester 3 (Summer term 2021/2022) 12 November 2021 Not applicable 14 January 2022

2020 dates for HE study periods

Study period Payment due date Census date
Semester 1 28 February 2020 20 March 2020
Semester 4 (Winter term) 12 June 2020 19 June 2020
Semester 2 31 July 2020 21 August 2020
Semester 3 (Summer term 2020/2021) 13 November 2020 15 January 2021

 

2021 dates for Block Model for domestic students (Melbourne & Sydney)

Study period Payment due date Census date
Summer Block 1 22 January 2021 25 January 2021
Semester 1 - Block 1 26 February 2021 1 March 2021
Semester 1 – Block 2 26 March 2021 29 March 2021
Semester 1 – Block 3 7 May 2021 10 May 2021
Semester 1 – Block 4 4 June 2021 7 June 2021
Winter block 9 July 2021 12 July 2021
Semester 2 – Block 1 6 August 2021 9 August 2021
Semester 2 – Block 2 3 September 2021 6 September 2021
Semester 2 – Block 3 8 October 2021 11 October 2021
Semester 2 – Block 4 5 November 2021 8 November 2021

2021 dates for 8-week Block Model

Study period Payment due date Census date
8 Week - Block 1 26 February 2021 9 March 2021
8 Week – Block 2 7 May 2021 17 May 2021
8 Week – Block 3 6 August 2021 16 August 2021
8 Week – Block 4 8 October 2021 18 October 2021
8 Week – Block 5 3 December 2021 20 December 2021

2020 Block Model dates for domestic students

Study period Payment due date Census date
Semester 2 - Block 1 31 July 2020 3 August 2020
Semester 2 - Block 2 28 August 2020 31 August 2020
Semester 2 - Block 3 25 September 2020 28 September 2020
Semester 2 - Block 4 30 October 2020 2 November 2020
Summer Block 2 27 November 2020 30 November 2020

2021 dates for 4-week Block Model for international students

Study period Payment due date 1 Payment due date 2 Census date
Summer Block 1 22 January 2021 Not applicable 25 January 2021
Semester 1 – Block 1 26 February 2021 16 April 2021 1 March 2021
Semester 1 – Block 2 26 February 2021 16 April 2021 29 March 2021
Semester 1 – Block 3 26 February 2021 16 April 2021 10 May 2021
Semester 1 – Block 4 26 February 2021 16 April 2021 7 June 2021
Winter block 9 July 2021 Not applicable 12 July 2021
Semester 2 – Block 1 6 August 2021 8 October 2021 9 August 2021
Semester 2 – Block 2 6 August 2021 8 October 2021 6 September 2021
Semester 2 – Block 3 6 August 2021 8 October 2021 11 October 2021
Semester 2 – Block 4 6 August 2021 8 October 2021 8 November 2021

2021 dates for 8-week Block Model for international students

Study period Payment due date 1 Payment due date 2 Census date
Block 1 26 February 2021 16 April 2021 9 March 2021
Block 2 26 February 2021 16 April 2021 17 May 2021
Block 3 6 August 2021 8 October 2021 16 August 2021
Block 4 6 August 2021 8 October 2021 18 August 2021
Block 5 3 December 2021 Not applicable 20 December 2021

2020 dates for 4-week Block Model for international students

Study period Payment due date Census date
Summer Block 1 17 January 2020 20 January 2020
Semester 1 – Block 1 28 February 2020 2 March 2020
Semester 1 – Block 2 28 February 2020 30 March 2020
Semester 1 – Block 3 28 February 2020 11 May 2020
Semester 1 – Block 4 28 February 2020 10 June 2020
Winter block 3 July 2020 6 July 2020
Semester 2 – Block 1 31 July 2020 3 August 2020
Semester 2 – Block 2 31 July 2020 31 August 2020
Semester 2 – Block 3 31 July 2020 28 September 2020
Semester 2 – Block 4 31 July 2020 2 November 2020
Summer block 2 27 November 2020 30 November 2020

 

2021 dates for postgraduate business trimesters (Melbourne & Sydney)

Study period Payment due date Census date
Trimester 1 19 March 2021 9 April 2021
Trimester 2 23 July 2021 13 August 2021
Trimester 3 19 November 2021 10 December 2021

2020 dates for postgraduate business trimesters (Melbourne)

Study period Payment due date Census date
Trimester 1 – Melbourne 13 March 2020 3 April 2020
Trimester 2 – Melbourne 24 July 2020 14 August 2020
Trimester 3 - Melbourne 13 November 2020 4 December 2020

 

2021 dates for foundation studies trimesters (Melbourne)

Study period Payment due date Census date
Trimester 1 19 February 2021 12 March 2021
Trimester 2 18 June 2021 9 July 2021
Trimester 3 8 October 2021 20 October 2021

These dates are for people studying at VU Sydney.

2020 dates

Study period Payment due date Census date
Trimester 1 – Sydney 27/3/2020 17/4/2020
Trimester 2 – Sydney 24/7/2020 14/8/2020
Trimester 3 – Sydney 20/11/2020 11/12/2020

 

These dates are for students studying postgraduate business courses via VU Online.

2021 dates for VU Online

Study period Payment due date Census date
Study period 1 15 January 2021 22 January 2021
Study period 2 12 March 2021 19 March 2021
Study period 3 14 May 2021 21 May 2021
Study period 4 9 July 2021 16 July 2021
Study period 5 3 September 2021 10 September 2021
Study period 6 29 October 2021 5 November 2021

2020 dates for VU Online

These dates are for students studying postgraduate business courses via VU Online.

Study period Payment due date Census date
Study period 1 17 January 2020 24 January 2020
Study period 2 13 March 2020 20 March 2020
Study period 3 15 May 2020 22 May 2020
Study period 4 1 July 2020 17 July 2020
Study period 5 4 September 2020 11 September 2020
Study period 6 30 October 2020 6 November 2020

Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF)

SSAF is charged twice a year based on your enrolment load. You must pay your SSAF by the due date, or defer if you're eligible.

See more about paying your SSAF - who pays it, how much, and when it is due.