Student Services and Amenities Fee
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) helps to pay for important services such as counselling, welfare service, sporting and recreational activities, as well as independent student representation structures for all students.
Student consultation on SSAF expenditure
Each year, the University seeks feedback from students on how this fee is used.
- How is the SSAF used and have your say for 2021
- Deakin's consultation process with students on spending the SSAF
How much is the SSAF?
The SSAF is charged twice a year, and the amount you pay depends on whether you’re a full or part-time student and studying on campus or by Cloud campus. The annual maximum fee is set by the Government and will vary according to your study load and mode of study.
2020 SSAF Rates
2020 SSAF for domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students studying part time, full time on campus and Cloud Campus
|Campus||Study Load|| Trimester/Semester |
| Trimester/Semester |
|Trimester 3 2020|
|On campus||Full time (3 credit points or more)||$154*||$154*||$0|
|On campus||Part time (1-2 credit points)||$115*||$115*||$0|
|Cloud campus||All enrolled credit points must be Cloud campus||$60||$60||$0|
* Due to the change in delivery of on-campus units, the Cloud campus rate will apply to all students studying in 2020. If you have paid your SSAF at the higher rate, you can request a refund via the online refund form in StudentConnect under View credit balance.
Deferring payment (SA-HELP)
If you are eligible and do not wish to pay the SSAF upfront, you can defer your SSAF through SA-HELP. To apply for SA-HELP go to StudentConnect and select the SA-HELP menu option. This is a different form to HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.
The amount of the loan will be added to your accumulated HELP debt. You can use SA-HELP even if you don't have any other HELP loan.
For further information on SA-HELP eligibility, visit our Government HELP Schemes website.
Cross Institutional Students
As SA-HELP is linked to your course of study, you can only access SA-HELP at your home provider. Incoming cross institutional students are not eligible to defer a SSAF incurred at Deakin via SA-HELP.
Who doesn't incur the SSAF?
If you are an International student, including Inbound Exchange students, you are not charged the SSAF. Your tuition fees already include a component for the provision of services.
Cross institutional students
If you are undertaking cross institutional study, you may be charged SSAF by both providers. If you have already paid your SSAF at your home institution please provide proof of payment for the current study period so we can waive the Deakin SSAF. Alternatively if you are going to another provide make sure you show them a copy of your invoice showing the fee has been paid to avoid being charged twice.
Higher Degree by Research students
Higher Degree by Research students are not charged the SSAF.