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. Your Semester 2 fee is calculated and charged on Monday 12 October.
Below are the rates for 2015:
Part time: $107.25
(Semester study load of 0.374 Equivalent Full-Time Study Load or less)
Full time: $143.00
(Semester study load of 0.375 Equivalent Full-Time Study Load or more)
The due date for your Semester 2 SSA fee is Monday 2 November.
Please note, in a change from past practice, we now issue separate statements for your tuition fees and SSA fee.
Your Semester 2 SSA fee statement will be available through Sydney Student from Monday 12 October.
Most students (coursework and research), are liable for the SSA fee at the University of Sydney.
The following groups will not be charged the fee:
You can choose to pay the 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 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 date the fee is payable, 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 date the fee is payable, you will still be liable for the fee, and it will not be refunded where paid upfront or remitted your SA-HELP debt if deferred.