Calculating your Student Services and Amenities Fee

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 group exempt from paying the SSAF is vocational students. Find out other student groups who are exempt.

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), up to a maximum of $294 per year. The charge per credit point is $3.52.

For example, the SSAF for a typical 12.5 credit point unit is $44 (12.5cp x $3.52 = $44).

The following tables summarise the fees that apply for standard and non-standard scenarios. Fees are based per course type, whether you are a full-time or part-time student (enrolled in <75 per cent of a full-time load for the year) and what mode of study you are undertaking (online, Professional Placement etc.).

Standard higher education scenarios

Type of studentCharge per credit pointMaximum fee
Associate degree $3.52 $294
Local undergraduate $3.52 $294
Local postgraduate $3.52 $294
NICA $3.52 $294
Staff $3.52 $294
Cross-institutional (outbound) $3.52 $294
Scholarship recipients
e.g. VC Scholarships, Dean Scholarships, Ext Scholarships, sponsored students (local)
$3.52 $294
Domestic Pathway (UniLink) $3.52 $294
Open Universities Australia (OUA) – Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) $3.52 $294

Non-standard higher education scenarios

Type of studentRule

Mix of Professional Placement and standard study in same course

Example: 1 x on campus unit while undertaking a Professional Placement for 12 months
12.5 credit points x $3.52 = $44

SSAF charged for on-campus unit at $3.52 per credit point

Mix of on campus and online study

Example: 2 x on campus units and 5 x online units = 7 units
12.5 credit points x 7 units  = 87.5 credit points x $3.52 = $294 maximum fee

or

3 x on campus units and 3 x online units
12.5 credit points x 6 units  = 75 credit points x $3.52 = $264

SSAF charged per credit point up to $294 maximum fee
Single course load is an overload i.e. > 1 FTE SSAF charge of - $294 maximum fee
Any combination of part-time and full-time load that exceeds > 1 FTE SSAF charged against full-time units only at - $294 maximum fee

Students who are exempt from the SSAF

Some students are exempt from paying the SSAF. This includes students enrolled in the following courses or programs for 2017: 

  • 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)
  • Professional placements
  • Open Universities Australia (OUA) – single subject enrolment not 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).