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Student Services and Amenities fee

Funding services to support your student experience

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.

What you need to know

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:

  2016 2017
Part time
(Semester study load of 0.374 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load or less)
$108.75 $110.25
Full time
(Semester study load of 0.375 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load or more)
$145.00 $147.00

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:

  • students enrolled at the University in a cross-institutional program
  • students enrolled in a course charged at an offshore fee rate
  • students enrolled only in Summer or Winter School units of study offered by the University’s Sydney Summer School
  • commencing and continuing students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Post-Registration and Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program delivered in agreement with the 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
  • students attending the University on a formal exchange or Study Abroad program from an overseas institution
  • University of Western Australia students participating in the United States Studies Centre’s Washington DC or Los Angeles Placement Program.
  • students attending the University from an overseas university as part of a Cotutelle PhD joint-supervision agreement.
Students who meet the above criteria and enrol in other programs that are charged the SSA fee, will be liable for the SSA fee for these units/programs. 

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:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder residing in Australia for your duration of study
  • a permanent visa holder undertaking a bridging course for overseas-trained professionals.

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.

SSAF allocation, 2016

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:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Efficiency
  3. Demand driven
  4. Outcomes focused

The following graphs show the total allocation of the SSAF across the student organisations and services.

SRC $1,689,174
SUPRA $1,375,000
CSG $780,000
SUSF $4,268,232
USU $3,600,000
Student Support Services $287,594
Capital Sinking Fund $2,000,000
Total $14,000,000