Census dates

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A census date for a unit of study is the closing date for a student to apply for VET FEE-HELP assistance and the date a student incurs a VET FEE-HELP debt (the tuition fees) for the unit undertaken. The census date is set by the VET provider for each unit of study it provides or intends to provide during a year and can be no earlier than 20 per cent of the way through a unit of study. The period of time during which the unit of study is undertaken should include any normal study breaks, assessment or examination periods (except supplementary examinations as these are not normally undertaken by all the students in the unit of study). If a provider does not know the date for the final examination for a unit, the last day of the examination period is to be used as the end of the study period. If a unit does not include a final examination, an examination period should not be included.