Student services & amenities fee (SSAF)
In October 2011, the Australian Parliament passed legislation to allow universities and other higher education providers to charge a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The fee will provide improved services and amenities (of a non-academic nature) to all students.
Please visit the Department of Education website for more information regarding the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee, including details regarding options to defer payment of the SSAF through SA-HELP.
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For Higher Education students:
Fees are based on a rate that is calculated per semester of enrolment with an overall annual maximum fee cap of $280 for the period 1 January - 31 December 2014.
|Student Category||2014 Fee by Semester for||2014 Annual Maximum Fee|
How to read your Victoria University invoice example: HECS HELP students (deferred tuition fees)
For TAFE students:
Fees are based on a rate that is calculated depending on your enrolment load (number of hours you are enrolled), with an overall maximum fee cap.
|Student Category||2014 Annual Maximum Fee|
|Full-time government funded studying 541 hours or more per year||$280|
|Part-time government funded studying between 50 and 540 hours per year||$140|
|Eligible concession card holders
*Concession rates are only applicable to students that are currently eligible for concession rates on their tuition fees
The maximum charges for the period 1 January - 31 December 2014 is $280.
How to read your Victoria University invoice example: TAFE diploma students
SSAF payment deadlines
Higher Education students
For Higher Education students the SSAF is charged twice each academic year.
- For semester 1, you need to pay the SSAF in full by 30 April.
- For semester 2, you need to pay the SSAF in full by 31 August.
If you are eligible to defer the SSAF via the SA-Help loan (see 'Help with payment of the SSAF, below), you have a little more time to pay the SSAF. You can submit the SA-Help assistance form by the SSAF census date.
- For semester 1, the SSAF census date is 30 June.
- For semester 2, the SSAF census date is 30 December.
Vocational Education (VE/TAFE) students
For VE/TAFE students the SSAF is charged on an annual basis and is payable as soon as you begin your studies for the academic year. The due date depends on when you enrol. VE/TAFE students are not eligible to defer the SSAF via the SA-Help assistance.
Only students who fit into the following categories will be exempt from paying the SSAF:
- For TAFE students studying off-campus - attendance mode on Student Connect (formerly known as MYVU Portal) is offshore, workplace/industry this includes Hoppers Crossing delivers, Flexible Education or Learning in the Workplace.
- For TAFE students studying their course with an enrolment load of less than 50 hours per year.
- For TAFE students enrolled in the Concurrent Study course (course code 10103NAT) - the contact hours for this course will not be included.
- For Higher Education students studying off-campus - attendance mode on Student Connect is off-campus (Student Connect is accessed via MYVU Portal)
- Students receiving Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning) for their entire course
- International students, full-fee students (*) and Fee for Service students as the fee is covered by their tuition fees
- For Asylum Seekers (must be referred to the university and sponsored by the Asylum Seeker Resouce Centre)
(*) Full-fee are any students who tuition fees are not funded under the following:
- Commonwealth supported (Higher Education HECS students)
- Higher Education and Skills Group - formerly Skills Victoria (funding for TAFE students)
If you do not fall into one of the above categories you must pay the SSAF. Students are encouraged to use the services, facilities and amenities provided.
Help with payment of the SSAF
Eligible students who do not wish to pay the fee upfront to the University, can request assistance from the Commonwealth and defer the fee through a new element of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) known as SA-HELP.
Eligible students may choose to pay some of the fee upfront and obtain a SA-HELP loan for the remainder or obtain a loan for the full amount of the fee.
The amount of the loan will be added to the student's accumulated HELP debt. An eligible student will be able to take out a SA-HELP loan even if they do not wish to take out any other HELP loan.
To be eligible for SA-HELP a student must:
- be an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder resident in Australia
- be enrolled in an eligible course of study with a higher education provider, and
- meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements.
If you wish to make use of SA-HELP, you need to complete the request for SA-HELP Assistance form and submit it to a Student Service Centre. The 'Request for SA-HELP assistance form' is available from any Student Service Centre. SA-HELP forms typically need to be submitted before census date.
How the fee is used
There are government-prescribed guidelines on what these fees can be used for. These include but are not limited to items such as counselling, employment/career advice, childcare, financial advice, food services and sporting and recreational activities.
You can read the full list on the Department of Education website.
View the 2013 SSAF funding acquittal summary.
Find out more about how VU is using the SSAF.
Student consultation and feedback
The Student Services and Amenities Fee Committee consists of the Victoria University Student Union (VUSU) President and Vice President and General Secretary, the Director of Student Engagement and two staff members nominated by the Director and meets monthly to review and discuss all comments received from the student SSAF feedback form.
The committee wants your continuous input on how you would like to see the money allocated. To do this please:
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