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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

How much is the fee?

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)

When it is due?

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.

Who has to pay it?

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:

  • 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. 

Can I defer 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:

  • an Australian 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. You need to do this before the next SSA fee incurral date (29 June or 12 December).

What if I discontinue my course?

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.