SSAF (Student Services and Amenities Fee)

Through the SSAF, domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students contribute towards the quality of life at Deakin. The SSAF goes towards things like student support services, facilities and social activities, which help create a positive and vibrant university experience for all students.

About the SSAF

The SSAF helps to pay for important services that add to your experience at Deakin.

All Australian universities can charge students an annual fee to raise money for student services and facilities. This fee can only be used for services that are included in a list set by the Australian Government.

The annual maximum fee is set by the Government and will vary according to your study load and mode of study.


Who pays it?

All domestic students completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, both on campus and on Cloud Campus, incur the SSAF.

The following students are exempt from paying the SSAF.

  • Students undertaking residential units through the Deakin Business School
  • Higher degree by research students
  • International students (part of their tuition fees go towards services and amenities)

Cross-institutional students who have paid the SSAF at their home institution don't have to pay the SSAF at Deakin. Just make sure you're able to supply documentary evidence of payment.

SSAF rates

2019 rates

Campus Study load Trimester 1 fee Trimester 2 fee Trimester 3 fee
On campus* Full time (3 credit points or more) $150 $150 $0
On campus* Part time (1–2 credit points) $110 $110 $0
Cloud Campus**
$60 $60 $0

* The on-campus rate will apply if you're undertaking one or more credit points in an on-campus mode.

** All enrolled credit points must be Cloud based.

Paying your SSAF

The SSAF is charged per study period and appears on your invoice. If eligible, you may be able to defer your SSAF payment through SA-HELP,  a Government loan that's added to your overall HELP debt.

Learn how SA-HELP could support you

Benefits to you

Since the introduction of the SSAF, Deakin has increased the range of services and activities available to students. We've been able expand on social and cultural activities, health and wellbeing services, sporting programs and student advocacy.

Find out how the SSAF benefits you

More information

The Department of Education and Training has more information about the SSAF, including expenditure guidelines.

Visit the DET website