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 student||Charge per credit point||Maximum fee|
e.g. VC Scholarships, Dean Scholarships, Ext Scholarships, sponsored students (local)
|Domestic Pathway (UniLink)||$3.52||$294|
|Open Universities Australia (OUA) – Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)||$3.52||$294|
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 $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
|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).