Students must renew by 15 July
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Students must renew registration by 15 July

Student retention WEBStudent optometrists and dispensing opticians have until 15 July to apply to renew their GOC registration for 2012/13.

All students must, by law, be registered with the GOC in order to study optometry or dispensing optics.

It takes just a few minutes to apply online, using the MyGOC section of Last year, the vast majority of students reported that they applied in under five minutes.

Philip Hallam, GOC head of registration, said: “The MyGOC online system has made it quick and easy for students to apply to renew their registration.

“GOC registration is a legal requirement. Students should apply straight away and have peace of mind over the summer that they are registered for next year. Any students who fail to renew on time will be putting their studies and future career at risk.”

The GOC student registration fee is £20. Students who fail to renew by the 15 July deadline will have to pay an extra £10 late application fee.

Those who do not renew by 31 August will be removed from the registers.

Students who are removed from the GOC registers will be unable to continue their studies or sit exams until they have restored, at a cost of £40.

Those who apply for retention now but do not continue with their course will receive a full refund. Pre-registration students who renew now, but join the full registers by 31 August, will have their full registration fee reduced by £20.

Students can apply online now at

Students who need any help with the retention process can call us on 020 7580 3898 (option 1), send a tweet to @GOC_UK or email

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