Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)


What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee?

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) provides Australian universities with a significant increase in funds available to maintain and improve essential services and amenities of a non-academic nature for students without reducing funding for teaching. These funds can be used by universities to focus on student services that will support and enrich the student experience.

SSAF is a Commonwealth Government legislated compulsory fee with restrictions on how much can be charged and how the funds are to be used. Some students are exempt from paying the SSAF, see fee schedules for details.

Students who are eligible to defer the SSAF should do so, by completing a SA-HELP form. If you choose to pay your SSAF up front, payment must be made by the due date. Any remaining balance after the census date will be deferred to your SA-HELP loan. Students who are not eligible to defer payments will pay this fee direct to Southern Cross University.

Please be aware that no refund or remission of the Student Services and Amenities Fee is available if you withdraw from your units after Census Date.

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SSAF schedules

This schedule lists the Services and Amenities Fees applicable to students. These fees are payable in accordance with the Rules — Fees, Charges and Sanctions policy.

Student Services and Amenities Fee 2020 rates per session

Study LoadOn-campus* studentsOff-campus# students6-week Study Period students
Part-time $103 $51 $30
Full-time $154 $77 $51

* On-Campus locations: Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Gold Coast, National Marine Science Centre.
# Off-campus locations: all locations taught in the regular 3-session calendar other than those listed above as on-campus or stated as exempt.
** Students admitted in session-based courses who enrol in intensive units within Study Period 1 and 6 from 2018 onward will be exempt from SSAF.

Note: SSAF is not charged in Session 3.

All students will be charged unless they are in one of the following exemption categories:

  • International offshore students
  • International SCU Sydney, SCU Melbourne and SCU Perth
  • Studying the Preparing for Success at SCU Program, or Transition to Uni
  • Studying the Undergraduate Qualifying Program or the Postgraduate Qualifying Program
  • Studying the SCU Head-Start program
  • Incoming cross-institutional student
  • English language courses students
  • Incarcerated students
  • Studying a Doctor of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate Program

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Deferring the SSAF to the Australian Taxation Office

Only Australian citizens and holders of Permanent Humanitarian visas who are enrolled in an award course may choose to defer their fees. All other students must pay their fees directly to the University (see Paying the SA fees directly to the University). To defer the SSAF you need to complete a Request for SA-HELP Assistance form. Students who use a SA-HELP loan will be required to pay their debt through the tax system when they earn above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment in the same way that a HECS-HELP loan works.

How to complete a 'Request for SA-Help Assistance' Form

  1. Ensure you have your tax file number available
  2. Login to My Enrolment
  3. Go to Commonwealth Assistance Forms and choose Add New
  4. Complete form for 'Request for SA-Help Loan'
  5. After you have successfully filled in all fields select Submit
  6. This form will automatically be approved. If filled in correctly you will see a green confirmation box.

* If you are admitted to more than one course, please ensure you complete a request for SA-HELP Assistance for all courses.

The SA-HELP Commonwealth Assistance form should be completed prior to enrolling in units. Payments can be made to the University prior to the due date, and any outstanding balance will be deferred. Failure to defer or pay the fee by the due date may result in a student sanction being imposed.

The SA-HELP form is different to the HECS-HELP form which you may have completed in order to defer your course fees. See Understanding and paying your fees for more information.

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Paying the SSAF directly to the University

Your SSAF is calculated based upon your enrolment and a separate invoice will be generated each study period that the fee is due. When you have finalised your enrolment for the study period, you should go to My Enrolment and get your SSAF invoice. You will find it under the Finance menu, the Student Services Amenities Fee will be listed under the Enrolment Debt Transactions tab. SCU has a number of different payment options including BPay, pay-by-phone or in-person payment. You will find all the details on your SSAF Invoice. The due dates for the SSAF can be found on your invoice and on the Due Dates for Student Fees page.

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