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From 1 January 2012 an annual Student services and amenities fee will apply to all domestic students to raise money for student services and facilities. These student services may include items such as counselling, employment/career advice, child care, financial advice, food services and sporting and recreational activities, as well as independent student representation structures.
Whilst this fee is compulsory no student will be forced to join any student organisation and the legislation expressly prohibits fee revenue being used to support a political party.
A summary of the Student services and amenities fee is detailed in the table below:
|Student type||Enrolment||2012 Amount||2013 Amount|
|Domestic on campus undergraduate and postgraduate students*||Full time (3 units or more)||$87 per trimester||$91 per trimester|
|Domestic on campus undergraduate and postgraduate students*||Part time (1-2 units)||$55 per trimester||$57 per trimester|
|Domestic off-campus students undergraduate and postgraduate*||Full time and part time||$42 per trimester||$44 per trimester|
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.
To be eligible for SA-HELP a student must:
In October 2011, the Australian Parliament passed the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2011. This legislation allows universities and other higher education providers to charge a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) from 1 January 2012.
For further information: