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Student Services and Amenities fee

The Student Services and Amenities fee (SSA fee) is charged each semester to fund non-academic services and support programs at the University.


The fee was introduced by the Australian Government to help universities fund support services for students such as sporting and recreational activities, child care, accommodation, and legal services.

Most coursework and research students at the University are liable for the SSA fee but there are some exceptions.

How much is the fee?

The SSA fee rates are determined by the government and are set on an annual basis.

The rates for 2017 are as follows:

  • Full-time: $147.00
    (Semester study load of 0.375 equivalent full-time student load or more)
  • Part-time: $110.25
    (Semester study load of 0.374 equivalent full-time student load or less)

Paying your SSA fee

The SSA fee is charged twice a year, in May and October. Once it has been charged, you will be able to access a separate SSA fee statement in Sydney Student. You will need to pay by the relevant due date.


SSA fee statement available in Sydney Student

Payment due date

Semester 1

Friday 12 May 2017

Friday 2 June 2017

Semester 2

Wednesday 12 October 2017

Wednesday 2 November 2017

Find out details of the SSA fee allocation for current and previous years.


SA-HELP is part of the Government’s HELP scheme and assists eligible students to defer all or part of their student services and amenities fee through a loan.

Any amount deferred through SA-HELP becomes part of an accumulated HELP debt which you will be required to repay through the tax system once you meet a certain salary threshold.


To be eligible for SA-HELP you need to be an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand Special Category visa holder who meets the long-term residency requirements.

Eligibility criteria and legislation around SA-HELP can change. See the Study Assist website for details.

Last updated: 11 August 2017


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