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Student Services and Amenities Fee

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is charged each semester to fund non-academic services and support programs at the University.

Paying your SSAF

Paying your overdue SSAF

In Sydney Student, when you go to 'My finance', 'Your finances', 'Payment methods' then the 'Pay now - transactions available for online payment' tab, your Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) will be automatically ticked because it is overdue. In addition, you also may have tuition fees ticked in the system. If you just want to pay your SSAF, you will need to untick the other fees in the ‘Pay now’ column, and select ‘Update amount'. 

The fee was introduced by the Australian Government to help universities fund support services for students such as sporting and recreational activities, child care, accommodation, and legal services. You can find out details of the SSAF allocation.

Most coursework and research students at the University are liable for the SSAF (including University of Sydney students on outbound exchange programs) but there are some exceptions.

You will not be charged the fee if you are:

  • enrolled at the University in a cross-institutional program
  • enrolled in a course charged at an offshore fee rate
  • a commencing or continuing student enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Post-Registration or Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program delivered in agreement with the Singapore Institute of Management
  • a continuing international offshore student enrolled in the Graduate Diploma/Master of Museum Studies undertaking the course in Hong Kong through the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • attending the University on a formal exchange or Study Abroad program from an overseas institution
  • a University of Western Australia student participating in the United States Studies Centre’s Washington DC or Los Angeles Placement Program
  • attending the University from an overseas university as part of a Cotutelle PhD joint-supervision agreement.

If you meet the above criteria and enrol in other programs that are charged the SSAF, you will be liable for the SSAF for those units/programs.

How much is the fee?

The SSAF rates are determined by the government and are set on an annual basis.

2022 rates

  • Full time: $157.50
    (Semester study load of 0.375 equivalent full-time student load or more)
  • Part time: $118.12
    (Semester study load of 0.374 equivalent full-time student load or less)

When is it due?

The SSAF is charged at enrolment. You will be able to view your SSAF amount on your Student Financial Statement in Sydney Student (go to ‘My finances’, ‘Your finances’, then ‘View financial statements’).

Eligible students may be able to defer all or part of their SSAF through SA-HELP.

You will need to pay the SSAF each semester by the due date.



Payment due date

Semester 1

Thursday 2 June

Semester 2

Wednesday 2 November

Discontinuing your course

If you discontinue your course before the relevant census date, you will not be liable for the fee. If you have chosen to defer the fee using SA-HELP, you will not incur a SA-HELP debt.

Under the Higher Education Support Act (2003), if you discontinue your enrolment after the relevant census date, you will still be liable for the fee, and you will not be able to receive a refund under special circumstances or remission of a SA-HELP debt.

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Last updated: 28 March 2022

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