The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a compulsory fee charged by most universities, used to improve the provision of non-academic services and amenities. This means increased funding for:
- student clubs and societies
- support services such as general counselling, career and financial advice
- various events on campus
- sport and recreational activities
- improving facilities in student lounges and learning spaces.
Your 2016 SSAF
Government-funded students will need to pay the following SSAF amounts in 2016. 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 (HE) SSAF cost
- Full time study: $290
- Part time study: $145
TAFE SSAF cost
- Full time study (541 hours or more per year): $204
- Part time study (25 – 540 hours per year): $102
- Eligible for concession on tuition: $84
- Studying off campus: $42
- International students
- Full-fee and fee-for-service students (i.e. not funded by the Commonwealth government or Higher Education and Skills Group)
- TAFE students studying fewer than 25 hours per year
- TAFE students enrolled in the Course in Concurrent Study (code 10103NAT)
- Students receiving Advanced Standing for their entire course
- Asylum seekers (must be referred to the University and sponsored by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)
- VU students who are VU employees on contract for a period of at least 12 months or ongoing on a time fraction of 0.5 or more. Refer to instructions on the Staff Status Declaration.
Getting HELP paying the SSAF
SA‑HELP is a loan scheme administered by the Commonwealth government that assists eligible students to pay for all or part of their SSAF.
If you are a Higher Education student you may be able to defer your SSAF payment with a SA-HELP loan. To be eligible, you need to:
- be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa
- be a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency requirements
- be enrolled in a higher education course
- meet the tax file number (TFN) requirements by providing either your TFN or a Certificate of application for a tax file number from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
- lodge a Request for SA‑HELP assistance form by relevant Census date. The form can be collected from any Student Service Centre.
Read more about SA-HELPon the 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.
So far, the SSAF has been used toward:
- keys activities on campus, such as Orientation and other student events throughout the year
- maintaining careers, health, advocacy, housing and welfare services
- supporting student groups and programs, including clubs and societies, Victoria University Student Union (VUSU), student mentors and our leadership & volunteering programs
- improving sport and fitness facilities and programs.