Student Services and Amenities Fee 2014
- Who is charged the fee in 2014?
- How much is the fee?
- When is my SSA fee due?
- What is the SSA fee incurral date?
- SA-HELP Assistance
- Discontinuation of enrolment
- Cross Institutional students
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 2014 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.
All other students are charged the SSA fee for their enrolment at the University of Sydney.
The SSA fee at the University of Sydney is charged per semester based on your total study load for that semester. Below are the 2014 rates:
|Attendance Pattern||SSA Fee Amount|
(semester study load of 0.374 EFTSL* or less)
Full Time(semester study load of 0.375 EFTSL* or more)
*EFTSL = Equivalent Full-Time Student Load
Those students who are charged the SSA fee must pay the fee inclusive of all other semester fees by the payment due date for the semester.
Students who opt to or are required to pay the SSA fee upfront must pay the fee by the payment due date on the Student Financial Statement available through your Sydney Student portal.
The payment due dates for 2014 will be as follows:
1 March 2014
25 March 2014*
1 August 2014
19 August 2014*
* For enrolments after this date, fees are due immediately upon enrolment
Note: To prevent enrolment sanctions and the possible cancellation of your enrolment, please ensure you pay all fees by the payment due date.
Enrolment sanctions for non-payment of the SSA fee may include the following:
- Suppression of all results and academic transcripts from the University of Sydney (to the student and to any authorised third parties)
- Prevention of enrolment in future semesters
- Prevention of graduation from the University of Sydney
Those students who are eligible for and wish to obtain a SA-HELP loan must submit a valid Request for SA-HELP assistance form via your Sydney Student portal no later than the SSA fee incurral date for the semester.
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, and sports and recreation. More information regarding these guidelines can be obtained from the Department of Education (DoE). To obtain information about the University of Sydney’s SSA fee allocation process please visit the Allocations page.
The SSA fee incurral date is the final date eligible students are able to lodge their Request for SA-HELP assistance form (i.e. the date the SA-HELP debt is incurred).
The SSA fee incurral dates for 2014 are as follows:
|Enrolment Period||SSA Fee Incurral Date|
(enrolments between: 1 January to 30 June)
|29 June 2014|
(enrolments between: 1 July to 31 December)
|12 December 2014|
SA-HELP is a loan program that is similar to HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP, and allows eligible students to defer all or part of their SSA fee to the Australian Taxation Office. In order to be eligible for SA-HELP assistance, students must meet the following criteria:
- be either an Australian citizen 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 professionals); and
- submit a valid Request for SA HELP Assistance form via Sydney Student with a Tax File Number (or a Certificate of application for a TFN), on or before the SSA fee incurral date for the semester.
*Please note that cross-institutional students are not enrolled in a course of study at the University of Sydney and are therefore not eligible for SA-HELP assistance at the University of Sydney.
Students wishing to obtain a SA-HELP loan should complete a Request for SA-HELP assistance form online via their Sydney Student portal on or before the incurral date for the semester in which they are enrolled.
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 by the close of business of the incurral date 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 semester's SSA fee incurral date, confirming their SA-HELP debt for the semester. Any errors or issues detected on this Notice must be addressed by the relevant dates.
Students not eligible for SA-HELP assistance will be required to pay their SSA fee upfront as per the payment due date on the Statement of Fees Due. Should a student’s eligibility criteria change making them eligible for SA-HELP prior to the SSA fee incurral date, they will need to complete a change of residency online and attend the Student Centre (Health Science students please attend Student Central) with proof of their citizenship/residency status and their Tax File Number.
Students who withdraw from their course of study, discontinue from all units of study or submit their thesis on or before the SSA fee incurral date will not be liable for the SSA fee. Therefore, if the SSA fee was paid upfront the student will be eligible for a full refund; or if the student opted for SA-HELP assistance, they will not incur a SA-HELP debt.
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. 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 incurral 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.
Students enrolled in unit/s of study at the University of Sydney on a cross institutional basis are not enrolled in a course of study at the University and are therefore not eligible for SA-HELP assistance. Cross-institutional students are charged the SSA fee and must pay their SSA fee upfront by the payment due date on their Student Financial Statement, available via your Sydney Student portal. Cross-institutional students must pay the SSA fee even if they have already paid the SSA fee to their home institution. The fee will be calculated according to their enrolment at the University of Sydney only. See How much is the fee? for more details.