The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a compulsory fee charged by most universities. It is used to improve the provision of non-academic services and amenities, not directly related to your course.

This means increased funding for:

  • student clubs and societies

  • support services such as counselling, career and financial advice

  • various events and activities on campus

  • sport and recreational activities

  • improving facilities in student lounges and learning spaces.

Paying the SSAF

Most enrolled students need to pay SSAF, either as a separate fee or as part of their tuition fees.

You can also apply for a loan to pay for your SSAF.

You pay SSAF as a separate fee if you:

  • have a Commonwealth-supported place (higher education HECS students)

  • belong to the Higher Education and Skills Group – formerly Skills Victoria (funding for TAFE students).

You pay SSAF as part of your tuition fees if you are:

  • an international student

  • a full-fee student or a fee-for-service student.

You don’t pay SSAF if you are:

  • a TAFE student studying fewer than 25 hours per year

  • a TAFE student enrolled in the Course in Concurrent Study (code 10103NAT)

  • receiving advanced standing for your entire course

  • an asylum seeker (referred to the University and sponsored by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

  • a VU employee on contract for a period of at least 12 months or ongoing on a time fraction of 0.5 or more (see instructions on the Staff Status Declaration).

2017 SSAF contribution

Government-funded students will need to pay the following SSAF amounts in 2017. If you are required to pay it, your SSAF will be itemised on your Statement of Account, and is payable upon enrolment.

The SSAF is charged each academic semester for HE students and annually for TAFE students.

Higher education students

  • Full time study: $147 per semester (maximum of $294 for the year)
  • Part time study: $73.50 per semester (maximum of $147 for the year)

TAFE students

  • Full time study (541 hours or more per year): $205.80
  • Part time study (25 – 540 hours per year): $102.90
  • Eligible for concession on tuition: $88.20
  • Studying off campus: $44.10

Applying for a SA-HELP loan (HE students only)

If you're an HE student you may be eligible to defer your SSAF payment with a SA-HELP loan. You're eligible if you:

  • are an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder resident in Australia
  • are a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency requirements.
  • are enrolled in an eligible course of study with a higher education provider
  • meet the tax file number (TFN) requirements.

If you'd like to apply for a SA-HELP loan, please visit VUHQ to get a copy of the Request for SA-HELP Assistance form. Submit your form at any VUHQ by the following dates:

  • 31 March for Semester 1
  • 31 August for Semester 2.

Find out more about SA-HELP loans by visiting the Australian Government's Study Assist website.

How the SSAF is used

The Australian Government has SSAF guidelines to make sure your SSAF is spent in ways that benefit you.

The fee is invested into maintaining provision of services, improving facilities and creating opportunities for you to make the most of your time at VU.

At VU, the SSAF has been used toward: