Defer your offer

If you are eligible, you can defer your offer and postpone starting your program at RMIT.

Who can defer

You are eligible to defer if:

  • you have not yet enrolled into courses for your RMIT program, and
  • you are an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia, and
  • you have received an offer for a RMIT vocational education or higher education program, and
  • you have not already deferred your offer.

Research students

If you wish to defer, please request this in writing in to the School of Graduate Research. You must do this before the enrolment date specified in your offer letter.

International students

Go to the Defer your offer webpage for information about deferring the commencement of your studies.

When to defer

You must defer your offer before the deadline to enrol specified in your offer letter.

How to defer

If you wish to defer it is very important that you do not enrol.

If you are already enrolled you will need to apply for a leave of absence.

The deferment process is simple:

  1. Log in to myRMIT and select the Enrolment Online link.
  2. Under My current program, select the Defer studies button next to the program you wish to defer.

The system will provide immediate confirmation that your deferment is successful.

Length of deferment

How long you can defer for is determined by when you apply.

If you defer your offer from Semester 1 then your place will be deferred for one academic year so you would start your program in Semester 1 the following year.

If you defer your offer from Semester 2 (midyear) then your place will be deferred for six months and you would be expected to start your program in Semester 1 the following year.

If you have, or wish to defer in Semester 1 but would like to start your program in Semester 2, please contact your school that runs your program to see if this will be possible.

During the deferment period

While on deferral you are not officially an RMIT student. This means you cannot:

  • attend classes
  • access the University Library or academic and student support services
  • access RMIT systems and online student resources
  • receive an RMIT student card.

Returning to study after deferment

You can only defer starting your program once.

Near the end of the deferment period (usually early November) you will receive a notification with instructions on how to enrol to accept and confirm your place at RMIT.

If you do not enrol by the deadline in this notification then your offer will lapse.

On completion of your deferment period you cannot defer again. If you wish to further postpone your studies, you would need to enrol and then apply for a leave of absence.

Vocational education students

If you are looking to enrol in a Government subsidised place (see Fee type in your offer) then you will need to re-establish your eligibility for a government subsidised place. This is a requirement of the Victorian Government.

This means that when you return, before you can enrol, you will need to submit the following evidence in person at RMIT Connect:

  1. completed copy of the vocational education eligibility calculator
  2. 2016 VTG evidence of student eligibility and student declaration form (PDF 102kb 2p) – including the acceptable evidence as outlined on the form.

Visit Eligibility for a government subsidised place for more information and to access the eligibility calculator.