The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) pays for important student services and amenities such as health and welfare services, financial advice, accommodation assistance, advocacy, sport, cultural and recreational activities.
Calculating your SSAF
All higher education (online and on-campus) students pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This includes all students who are enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate and UniLink courses.
The main student groups who are exempt from paying the SSAF are vocational education and international students.
How the fee is calculated
Your SSAF is a pro-rata fee calculated based on your course load (number of credit points that you’re enrolled in).
In 2022, this fee is calculated up to a maximum of A$315 per year. The charge per credit point is A$3.776.
For example, the 2022 SSAF for a typical 12.5 credit point unit is A$47.20 (12.5cp x A$3.776 = A$47.20).
In 2023, SSAF will be calculated up to a maximum of A$315 per year and the charge per credit point will be A$3.904.
2022 standard higher education scenarios
2023 standard higher education scenarios
|Type of student||Charge per credit point||Maximum fee|
|National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)||A$3.904||A$326|
e.g. VC Scholarships, Dean Scholarships, external Scholarships, sponsored students (local)
|Domestic Pathway (UniLink)||A$3.904||A$326|
|Open Universities Australia (OUA) – Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)||A$3.904||A$326|
2022 non-standard higher education scenarios
2023 non-standard higher education scenarios
|Type of student||Rule|
Mix of Professional Placement and standard study in same course
Example: 1 x on-campus unit while undertaking a Professional Placement for 12 months
|SSAF charged for on-campus unit at A$3.904 per credit point|
Mix of on-campus and online study
Example: 2 x on-campus units and 5 x online units = 7 units
3 x on-campus units and 3 x online units
|SSAF charged per credit point up to A$326 maximum fee|
|Single course load is an overload i.e. > 1 FTE||SSAF charge of A$326 maximum fee|
|Any combination of part-time and full-time load that exceeds > 1 FTE||SSAF charged against full-time units only at $326 maximum fee|
Students studying fewer than 75 credit points in one year
SSAF charge capped at $244 for part-time study
Students studying on a part-time basis cannot be charged more than 75 per cent of the maximum fee
Some students are exempt from paying the SSAF. This includes students enrolled in the following courses or programs for 2022:
- vocational education courses
- international students in Australia (undergraduate, postgraduate and research)
- international students living overseas (Swinburne Online international)
- Astronomy Online
- exchange (outbound and inbound)
- Study Abroad (outbound and inbound)
- cross-institutional (inbound)
- Open Universities Australia (OUA) — single subject enrolment in a non-award course
- online taught by Industry Partner
- off-campus taught by Industry Partner
- domestic PhD and Masters by Research
- Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).