Your Student Services and Amenities fee (SSA fee) is a non-academic fee which funds services and support programs that can be used by all students.
Introduced by the Australian Government in 2012, most students are liable for the SSA fee. The fee pays for a range of services and amenities. You can choose to pay the fee upfront or, if eligible, apply for an SA-HELP loan from the Australian Government.
We charge the SSA fee per semester, based on your total study load for that semester.
Below are the rates per semester for 2016 and 2017:
(Semester study load of 0.374 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load or less)
(Semester study load of 0.375 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load or more)
Each semester you will be issued a separate statement for your SSA fee, which will include the date that this payment is due.
You can access this statement through Sydney Student once it has been made available (go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then 'View financial statements').
|Session||SSA fee statement available||Payment due date|
|Semester 1||Friday 12 May 2017||Friday 2 June 2017|
|Semester 2||Thursday 12 October 2017||Thursday 2 November 2017|
Please note, a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. See the FAQs for information about alternative payment methods.
Most students at the University (coursework and research) are liable for the SSA fee (including University of Sydney students on outbound exchange programs).
The following groups will not be charged the fee:
You can choose to pay the SSA fee upfront or, if eligible, apply for an SA-HELP loan from the Australian Government. This loan allows you to defer all or part of your SSA fee to the Australian Taxation Office.
To be eligible for SA-HELP you need to be residing in Australia for at least one unit of study and be one of the following:
You can apply for SA-HELP through Sydney Student (go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then ‘Government forms’). You need to do this before the next SSA fee incurral date (29 June or 12 December).
If you withdraw from your course or discontinue all units of study on or before the relevant census date, you will not be liable for the fee, and you will not incur a SA-HELP debt.
However, under the Higher Education Support Act (2003), if you discontinue your enrolment after the relevant census date, you will still be liable for the fee, and it will not be refunded where paid upfront or your SA-HELP debt remitted if deferred.
In 2016, the allocation of the Student Services and Amenities Fee proceeds was once again wholly contestable with student organisations and Student Support Services collaborating and submitting consensus funding applications based on the following published SSAF Funding Priority Principles:
The following graphs show the total allocation of the SSAF across the student organisations and services.
|Student Support Services||$287,594|
|Capital Sinking Fund||$2,000,000|