Make an appointment with your supervisor to discuss your research and reasons for requiring a change to your study load.
International Students on Student 500 Visa Only
International students on a Student 500 Visa must maintain 100 per cent study load, except in 'compassionate and compelling circumstances'. This can include medical or carer's reasons, and must be supported by documentation, and approved by your ANU College.
If you are approved to reduce your study load this change of intensity will be reported to the Australian Government as part of our standard reporting requirements, and your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be updated to reflect this change, including your updated anticipated program end date. Note we are unable to provide Student Visa advice, so if you have any questions regarding your Student Visa please contact the Department of Home Affairs.
If you are a scholarship holder, you should carefully check the relevant Conditions of Award to determine whether it would be possible to retain the scholarship as a part-time student. Circumstances under which you would be able to retain the scholarship are limited and relate to personal health issues or primary carer responsibilities.
Part-time scholarships are taxable. Scholars who are enrolled in an approved program of concurrent study, for example, MBBS/PhD (where the overall load is full-time) may retain the PhD scholarship on a part-time basis - in this case, the scholarship is not taxable.
You can apply to change your study load using the Manage My Degree eForm, via ISIS.
If the reason for studying part-time was based on medical grounds, your application will need to include medical certification indicating that you are now fit to study full-time.
If your application is approved, you will be advised in writing of your new program end date, which you will be able to view in ISIS.
You will be advised if your application is rejected.
Apply for a fee refund
If you have successfully applied for reduced study load you may be eligible for a refund of your tuition fees and/or Services & Amenities (SA) Fee. You can check the balance of your student account on ISIS. If your account is in credit you can apply for a fee refund.