The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is charged each semester to fund non-academic services and to support programs at the University.
The SSAF rates are determined by the Australian Government and set on an annual basis.
In 2020, the SSAF was A$154 for a full-time study load, and $115.50 for a part-time study load (semester study load of 0.374 equivalent full-time student load or less).
If you are a domestic student, you may be eligible to defer all or part of your SSAF through SA-HELP, a government loan scheme.
Find out more about the SSAF, including the payment schedule and how it's allocated.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is compulsory for international student visa holders who are studying in Australia. The cost of your cover will depend on your circumstances and the duration of your stay.
You will be required to pay or give evidence of your overseas student health cover when you accept your offer.
International students who apply to study onshore need to pay an application processing fee of A$125. The fee covers all applications made within one year (two semesters or four research periods).
You can pay the fee by Visa or MasterCard by completing the secure online credit card payment screen at the end of the online application form; please note credit card surcharges (pdf, 97KB) apply.
If you can't pay via credit card, please contact your bank to obtain a bank draft. The draft must be made payable to ‘The University of Sydney’ and be in Australian dollars (A$125). Please write your full name, date of birth and online application reference (IPU) number on the back of the bank draft and send it to:
Manager, International Fees Team
Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02)
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Your application will be submitted once the original bank draft has been received and processed by the International Finance team. We cannot accept scanned cheques.
You do not have to pay this fee if you are:
In each of these cases, once we've confirmed the information you've provided, we will waive the fee.
Most courses and units of study have required or recommended course materials, such as books, readers, materials and equipment.
For some courses, there may also be other additional courses costs that are substantial. For more information visit, additional course costs.
Don't forget to budget for the costs of living, which includes things like accommodation, food and lifestyle expenses. We've put together a rough guide to living costs in Sydney.