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? chevron_right
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? chevron_right
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? chevron_right
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.
Can I defer paying the SSAF? chevron_right
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.
Missed paying or deferring by census date? chevron_right
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 chevron_right
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? chevron_right
- 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.