Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

Most Charles Sturt students pay the Student Services and Amenities fee (SSAF).

This fee goes towards providing non-academic support services and facilities for all our students.

  • How much is the SSAF?

    Fees are indexed and may increase each calendar year.

    For the calendar year 2023, the SSAF will be $40 per 8-point subject, with a maximum annual fee capped at $320 per student.

  • Will I need to pay the SSAF?

    If you fit into one of the below categories, yes.

    • Commonwealth government-supported students.
    • Fee-paying domestic students.
    • Associate Degree in Policing Practice students.
    • Eligible onshore international students, including those studying at partner locations.
    • International online students (not studying via a partner institution).
    • All domestic students (continuing and commencing) studying at partner locations.

    The fee will not be invoiced to:

    • International students who commenced prior to 2013
    • International offshore or online students studying at an offshore partner institution
    • Higher Degree Research students
    • Students studying courses 2301UL and 8303UL
    • Students enrolled in a Non-Award program
    • Students studying Micro subjects

    In future sessions, this list may be amended to include students not currently listed.

  • How do I pay the SSAF?

    We'll send you an invoice each session. You'll need to pay your SSAF upfront by the census date each session unless you're deferring.

    To make a payment, please visit our online payments page.

    Pay SSAF online

  • Can I defer paying the SSAF?

    Yes, as long as you're eligible for a SA-HELP loan. A SA-HELP loan will defer all or part of your SSAF.

    Deferring your HECS or FEE-HELP liability doesn't automatically defer your SSAF liability. You'll need to defer your SSAF separately through SA-HELP.

    Once your deferment arrangement is set up, it'll remain in place while you're enrolled in the same degree. If you enrol in a different degree, you'll need to reapply for SA-HELP.

    Remember, if you're going to defer your SSAF, you need to do so before the relevant census date cut-off.

    How to complete and submit your eCAF

  • Missed paying or deferring by census date?

    If you have not paid or deferred your SSAF, you will receive reminder notices after the SSAF due date. The University may withhold grades or prevent you from re-enrolling in future sessions if you have outstanding SSAF charges.

  • Changing enrolment before census date

    If you delete a subject prior to the relevant session census date, you will not incur SSAF charges or a SA-HELP debt.

  • Can I receive a refund for SSAF?
    • If you have paid your SSAF upfront before the relevant census date and you withdraw from your course, subject/s or take Leave of Absence, we’ll fully refund the SSAF you’ve paid for the session.
    • Once the relevant census date has passed, we cannot refund SSAF payments or SA-HELP debts incurred by you under any circumstances whilst your subject enrolment remains.
    • After the census date you will remain liable for your SSAF charges or SA-Help debt, even if your tuition fees are refunded or your HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loans are reduced due to approved Remission of fees.
    • If your enrolment is removed after the census date (rare), your SSAF charge will be reversed and refunded if paid upfront or if you’ve deferred your SSAF via SA-HELP, the debt will be revised.

For more information on the SSAF and SA-HELP loans, download the government's factsheet.

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