2015 SSAF

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) was introduced by the Federal Government in 2012. The fee will be used for student services which may include food, sports and recreation, childcare, counselling, legal, health, housing and employment, as well as independent student representation structures. No student will be forced to join any student organisation and the legislation expressly prohibits fee revenue being used to support a political party.

2015 schedule of fees

The maximum amount charged to any student enrolled in 2015 is $286 and may be less, depending on the mode and study load. The fee is calculated and charged progressively for each semester, based on your enrolment within a calendar year. For 2015 the following fee structure will apply:

Student cohort (Higher education students only)

Study load within a calendar year (EFTSL) Amount
On-campus or multi-modal enrolment
Less than 0.125 $0
0.125 to less than 0.250 $143
0.250 to less than 0.750 $215
0.750 and above $286
Off-campus enrolment (on-line learning)
Less than 0.125 $0
0.125 and above $143
Others
Domestic students enrolled in award programs through partner providers $0
Domestic students enrolled in non-award courses and programs through partner providers $0
International students $0
HDR students $0
Cross-institution with SSAF paid at home institution (proof of payment required) $0

The full-time rate is applicable to on-campus or multi-modal students (a mix of on-campus and on-line learning) with a study load of at least 75% of a standard full-time load (1 EFTSL) in a calendar year.

The part-time rates are applicable to on-campus or multi-modal students (a mix of on-campus and on-line learning) with a study load of less than 75% of a standard full-time load (1 EFTSL) in a calendar year.

The off-campus rate is applicable only to students whose program of enrolment has a designated delivery location of ODL and where all courses (units) of enrolment in that program within a calendar year are designated as being delivered through on-line learning.

Payment options

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder (resident in Australia), you may choose to:

  • pay the full SSAF amount up front
  • pay some of the SSAF upfront and get an SA-HELP loan for the remainder
  • get an SA-HELP loan for the full SSAF amount.

All other students must pay the SSAF upfront by the payment due date on their invoice. The SSAF amount and due date appears on your SSAF tax invoice. Please see fee payment dates.

SA-HELP

Eligible students can request assistance from the Commonwealth to defer the fee payment through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) known as SA-HELP. To be eligible for SA-HELP, you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder, resident in Australia
  • be enrolled in a course of study (including bridging study for overseas-trained professionals or enabling course)
  • meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements, and
  • complete, sign and submit a Request for SA-HELP assistance form by the date as determined by the University

2015 priorities for student consultation

The priorities listed below are based on direction from the Student Senate in 2014, and will be consulted on for approval and support from the Student Senate at its first meeting in 2015.

Ballarat/Wimmera campuses

  1. Operations of the Student Senate - including bursaries for Senate Members
  2. Operations of the Student Leadership and Volunteering program including Executive Officer for Student Senate
  3. Operations of the Student Advisory Service
  4. Operations of the Careers and Employment Service
  5. Provision of Orientation Activities and Information
  6. Provision of a student based newsletter - Fed Press
  7. Operations of the Student Experience Office to run events, on-campus activities, and provide support for student clubs and societies
  8. Provision of a Legal Advice Service related to issues outside university - eg. tenancy, legal issues, etc.
  9. Support for sport and recreation - on-campus sports and recreation activities, representative sports, Health and Wellbeing programs
  10. Improvement program for amenities for students on campus - Consultation with Student Senate as to priorities identified through Student Forum feedback. Nomination of campus-based allocation of funds for these purposes after evaluation.

Gippsland Campus

  1. MUGSU Services - to be negotiated
  2. Operations of the Student Senate - including bursaries for Senate Members and costs to attend meetings
  3. Operations of the Student Leadership and Volunteering program
  4. Operations of the Student Advisory Service
  5. Operations of the Sport and Recreation Office
  6. Provision of a student based newsletter - Fed Press
  7. Provision of commuter bus between Morwell Station and Gippsland Campus (Latrobe Valley Buslines at $101 per day)

Any feedback on these priorities should be sent to student.senate@federation.edu.au

FAQs

What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee?

It is a fee that higher education providers can charge their students for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature.

What can the Student Services and Amenities Fee funding be spent on?

Universities that charge a student services and amenities fee will only be able to spend the fee on the provision of the following services:

  • Providing food or drink to students on a campus of the University
  • Supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by student
  • Supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students
  • Caring for children of students
  • Providing legal services to students
  • Promoting health or welfare of students
  • Helping students secure accommodation
  • Helping students obtain employment or advice on careers
  • Helping students with their financial affairs
  • Helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents
  • Support debating by students
  • Providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students
  • Supporting an artistic activity by students
  • Supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students
  • Helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled
  • Advising on matters arising under the University's rules (however described)
  • Advocating students' interests in matters arising under the University's rules (however described)
  • Giving students information to help them in their orientation
  • Helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment
  • Universities can choose to deliver the services and amenities themselves or contract a third party to deliver the services and amenities on their behalf.

What can't the Student Services and Amenities Fee funding be spent on?

SSAF funding cannot be used for the provision of academic services, or used to support political parties or the election of a person to a Commonwealth, State or Territory Parliament or local Government body.

Will students be required to pay the fee even if they do not intend to use any of the services and amenities?

Yes. A provider can charge a student the Student Services and Amenities Fee regardless of whether the student intends to use any of the services and amenities provided.

What happens if students can't afford to pay the SSAF upfront?

Eligible students who do not wish to pay the fee upfront to the University can request assistance from the Commonwealth and defer the fee through a new element of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) known as SA-HELP.

Eligible students may choose to pay some of the fee upfront and obtain a SA-HELP loan for the remainder or obtain a loan for the full amount of the fee.

The amount of the loan will be added to the student's accumulated HELP debt. An eligible student will be able to take out a SA-HELP loan even if they do not wish to take out any other HELP loan.

Additional information and frequently asked questions about the Student Services and Amenities Fee can be found on the Study Assist website.