Student Services and Amenities Fee

What is the Student Services and Amenities fee?

In October 2011, the Australian Parliament passed the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010, allowing universities to charge a Student Services and Amenities fee (SSA fee) of up to $263 from 1 January 2012 (indexed annually thereafter) as an initiative to increase student support and services in Australian universities. The University of Sydney began charging the fee on 1 January 2012.

Help paying the fee

The fee is calculated based on the student’s semester load (i.e. full-time/part-time status) and will be charged on a semester basis. There is a new component of the HELP scheme, called SA-HELP, which will allow eligible students to defer the payment of their SSA fee.

Who is charged the SSA fee?

Most domestic and international (undergraduate and postgraduate) students are liable for the SSA fee at the University of Sydney.

Special categories of students whom are excluded from paying the fee are listed at the University’s HECS and Fees Office webpages.

How much is the fee?

Semester Attendance Pattern SSA fee Amount

February Semester 2015

Full Time

(semester study load of 0.375 or more)

$143.00

February Semester 2015

Part Time

(semester study load of 0.374 or less)

TBA

July Semester 2015

Full Time

(semester study load of 0.375 or more)

$143.00

July Semester 2015

Part Time

(semester study load of 0.374 or less)

TBA

There are strict guidelines that stipulate the collection and distribution of SSA fee. The proceeds from this fee can only be used for student services such as advocacy, food, childcare, legal, accommodation, sports and recreation etc. More information regarding these guidelines can be obtained from the Department of Education.

Help with payment: SA-HELP

SA-HELP is a loan program that is similar to HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP, which allows eligible students to defer the payment of their SSA fee. In order to be eligible for SA-HELP students must meet the following criteria:

  • be either an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder residing in Australia; and
  • be enrolled in a course of study (or a bridging course for overseas trained professionals); and
  • submit a valid SA-HELP Assistance form with a TFN(Tax File Number), or a Certificate of application for a TFN, on or before the SSA fee payable date.

Students not eligible for SA-HELP will be required to pay their SSA fee up front as per the due date on their invoice. Should a student’s eligibility criteria change making them eligible for SA-HELP prior to the SSA fee payable date, they will need to attend the Student Centre (Health Science students please attend Student Central) with proof of their citizenship.

Paper SA-HELP Assistance forms are available from the Summer School Office and need to be completed before your summer unit of study request(s) can be processed.

Completed SA HELP Assistance forms can also submitted at the Student Centre or at Student Central for Health Science students.

Students opting for SA-HELP will be sent a Commonwealth Assistance Notice to their University of Sydney issued email address within 28 days of the SSA fee payable date confirming their SA-HELP debt for the semester. Any errors or issues detected on this notice must be addressed by the relevant dates.

More information on the SSA fee in 2014

More detailed information on the Student Services and Amenities Fee 2014 is available from the University’s HECS and Fees Office including the SSA fee 2014 FAQS.