Student Services and Amenities Fee 2013

Who is charged the fee in 2013?

Most domestic and international (undergraduate and postgraduate) students are liable for the SSA fee at the University of Sydney.

The following categories of students will be excluded in 2013 because of contractual arrangements with third parties:

  • Commencing and continuing students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Post Registration and Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program delivered in agreement with Singapore Institute of Management.
  • Continuing students enrolled in the Sydney Law School Taxation Training Program.
  • Continuing international offshore students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma / Master of Museum Studies undertaking the course in Hong Kong through the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.
  • International students attending the University of Sydney on a formal Exchange program from an overseas institution.

When is the SSA fee charged?

Universities are required to set a date that the SSA fee is payable for the semester. This is the final date to submit a valid and complete Request for SA-HELP Assistance form, if eligible. If you are required or choose to pay your SSA fee up-front to the University, you must do so by the administrative or payment due date as indicated on your Student Financial Statement which is mailed to your preferred correspondence address.


How much is the fee?

Semester Attendance Pattern SSA Fee Amount SSA Fee Payable Date

February Semester

(1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013 enrolments)

Full Time

(semester study load of 0.375 or more)

$136.50 29th June 2013

February Semester

(1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013 enrolments)

Part Time

(semester study load of 0.374 or less)

$102.37 29th June 2013

July Semester

(1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013)

Full Time

(semester study load of 0.375 or more)
$136.50 12th December 2013

July Semester

(1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013)

Part Time

(semester study load of 0.374 or less)
$102.37 12th December 2013



There are strict guidelines that stipulate the collection and distribution of SSA fee. The proceeds from this fee can only be used for student services such as advocacy, food, childcare, legal, accommodation, sports and recreation etc. More information regarding these guidelines can be obtained from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) .To obtain information about the University of Sydney’s SSA fee allocation process please visit the Allocations page.


SA-HELP Assistance

SA-HELP is a loan program that is similar to HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP, which allows eligible students to defer the payment of their SSA fee. In order to be eligible for SA-HELP students must meet the following criteria:

  • be either an Australian citizen residing in Australia or a permanent humanitarian visa holder residing in Australia; and
  • for Australian citizens commencing their course after 1 January 2013, undertake at least some of their course of study in Australia; and
  • be enrolled in a course of study (or a bridging course for overseas trained professional); and
  • submit a valid Request for SA HELP Assistance form with a TFN (or a Certificate of application for a TFN), on or before the SSA fee payable date.

Students not eligible for SA-HELP will be required to pay their SSA fee up front as per the due date on their invoice. Should a student’s eligibility criteria change making them eligible for SA-HELP prior to the SSA fee payable date, they will need to attend the Student Centre (Health Science students please attend Student Central) with proof of their citizenship.

SA HELP Assistance forms are available for students to collect at the Student Centre (or Student Central for Health Science students). Completed SA HELP Assistance forms can also be submitted at the Student Centre or at Student Central for Health Science students.

Students opting for SA-HELP will be sent a Commonwealth Assistance Notice to their University of Sydney issued email address within 28 days of the SSA fee payable date, confirming their SA-HELP debt for the semester. Any errors or issues detected on this notice must be addressed by the relevant dates.


Discontinuation of enrolment

Students who withdraw from their course of study or submit their thesis on or before the SSA fee payable date (i.e., withdraw from or discontinue from all units of study) will not be liable for the SSA fee. Therefore, if the SSA fee was paid upfront you will be eligible for a full refund; or if you opted to obtain a SA-HELP loan, you will no longer be liable.

Students who discontinue their enrolment after the census date or those who are prevented from successfully completing their enrolment due to circumstances beyond their control are able to apply for a remission of their HECS-HELP / FEE-HELP debt, or a refund of their student contribution amounts or tuition fees paid up-front. However, the government has not provided any provisions for universities to remit SA-HELP debts. As such, students who discontinue their enrolment after the SSA fee payable date, will be liable for their SSA fee and will not be refunded their SSA fee where paid upfront or remitted their SA-HELP debt if deferred



Student Services and Amenities fee FAQs (pdf).