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 $308 per year. The charge per credit point is $3.696.

For example, the SSAF for a typical 12.5 credit point unit is $46.20 (12.5cp x $3.696 = $46.20).

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 $3.696 $308
Local undergraduate $3.696 $308
Local postgraduate $3.696 $308
NICA $3.696 $308
Staff $3.696 $308
Cross-institutional (outbound) $3.696 $308
Scholarship recipients
e.g. VC Scholarships, Dean Scholarships, Ext Scholarships, sponsored students (local)
$3.696 $308
Domestic Pathway (UniLink) $3.696 $308
Open Universities Australia (OUA) – Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) $3.696 $308

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 $3.696 = $46.20

SSAF charged for on-campus unit at $3.696 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 $3.696 = $308 maximum fee


3 x on campus units and 3 x online units
12.5 credit points x 6 units  = 75 credit points x $3.696 = $277.20

SSAF charged per credit point up to $308 maximum fee
Single course load is an overload i.e. > 1 FTE SSAF charge of - $308 maximum fee
Any combination of part-time and full-time load that exceeds > 1 FTE SSAF charged against full-time units only at - $308 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 2020: 

  • 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).