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

2020 dates for HE study periods

Study period Payment due date Census date
Semester 1 28/2/2020 20/03/2020
Semester 4 (Winter term) 12/6/2020 19/06/2020
Semester 2 31/7/2020 21/08/2020
Semester 3 (Summer term 2020/2021) 13/11/2020 15/01/2021

2020 Block model dates for domestic students

Study period Payment due date Census date
Summer Block 1 17/1/2020 20/01/2020
Semester 1 - Block 1 28/2/2020 2/03/2020
Semester 1 - Block 2 03/04/2020 6/04/2020
Semester 1 - Block 3 8/5/2020 11/05/2020
Semester 1 - Block 4 5/6/2020 10/06/2020
Winter block 3/7/2020 6/07/2020
Semester 2 - Block 1 31/7/2020 3/08/2020
Semester 2 - Block 2 28/8/2020 31/08/2020
Semester 2 - Block 3 25/9/2020 28/09/2020
Semester 2 - Block 4 30/10/2020 2/11/2020
Summer Block 2 27/11/2020 30/11/2020

2020 Block model dates for international students

Study period Payment due date Census date
Summer Block 1 17/1/2020 20/01/2020
Semester 1 - Block 1 28/2/2020 2/03/2020
Semester 1 - Block 2 28/2/2020 30/03/2020
Semester 1 - Block 3 28/2/2020 11/05/2020
Semester 1 - Block 4 28/2/2020 10/06/2020
Winter block 3/7/2020 6/07/2020
Semester 2 - Block 1 31/7/2020 3/08/2020
Semester 2 - Block 2 31/7/2020 31/08/2020
Semester 2 - Block 3 31/7/2020 28/09/2020
Semester 2 - Block 4 31/7/2020 2/11/2020
Summer block 2 27/11/2020 30/11/2020

2020 dates for postgraduate business trimesters (Melbourne)

Study period Payment due date Census date
Trimester 1 – Melbourne 13/3/2020 3/04/2020
Trimester 2 – Melbourne 24/7/2020 14/08/2020
Trimester 3 - Melbourne 13/11/2020 4/12/2020

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 11/12/202

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

2020 dates for VU Online

Study period Payment due date Census date
Study period 1 17/1/2020 24/1/2020
Study period 2 13/3/2020 20/3/2020
Study period 3 15/5/2020 22/5/2020
Study period 4 10/7/2020 17/7/2020
Study period 5 4/9/2020 11/9/2020
Study period 6 30/10/2020 6/11/2020

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.