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 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.

2019 SSAF Rates

2019 SSAF for domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students studying part time, full time on campus and Cloud Campus

CampusStudy LoadTrimester/Semester
1 2019
Trimester/Semester
2 2019
Trimester 3 2019
On campusFull time (3 credit points or more)$150$150$0
On campusPart time (1-2 credit points)$110$110$0
Cloud campusAll enrolled credit points must be by Cloud campus$60$60$0

2020 SSAF Rates

2020 SSAF for domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students studying part time, full time on campus and Cloud Campus

CampusStudy LoadTrimester/Semester
1 2020
Trimester/Semester
2 2020
Trimester 3 2020
On campusFull time (3 credit points or more)$154$154$0
On campusPart time (1-2 credit points)$115$115$0
Cloud campusAll enrolled credit points must be Cloud campus$60$60$0

Deferring payment (SA-HELP)

If you are eligible and do not wish to pay the SSAF upfront to the University, you can request assistance from the Commonwealth to defer the SSAF a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) known as SA-HELP.

If you're eligible and you have completed an SA-HELP form, you can choose to defer all or part of your SSAF.

The amount of the loan will be added to your accumulated HELP debt. You can take out an SA-HELP loan even if you don't have any other HELP loan.

For further information on SA-HELP eligibility and how to apply, 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 the provider where you are enrolled in your actual course of study (i.e. your home provider). Incoming cross institutional students are not eligible to defer a SSAF incurred at Deakin via SA-HELP.

Which students do not have to pay the SSAF?

International students

If you are an International student, including Inbound Exchange students, you are not charged the SSAF. Your tuition fees include a component for the provision of services required under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act, presently $22 per credit point.

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.

Higher Degree by Research students

Higher Degree by Research students are not charged the SSAF.

Further information

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