Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) contributes towards the funding for student services, support and facilities of a non-academic nature and of benefit to all students.


Since 2012, our students' contribution to SSAF has enabled Macquarie to increase and expand funding to new and existing services, activities and amenities that enrich and support our students while they complete their studies with us.

SSAF supported services are available to all Macquarie students regardless of how and where they study. We encourage all our students to engage with these services to their full advantage.

How much SSAF will I be charged in 2021?

  • Students enrolled full-time will be charged an annual fee of $313.
  • Students enrolled part-time will be charged an annual fee of $232.
  • Students enrolled in less than 74% of a normal full-time study load at their first due date (e.g. first term of enrolment in 2021) will be charged a part-time fee of $232. If students are subsequently enrolled in further studies in another term increasing the study load to greater than or equal to 74%, a 'top-up fee' of $81 will be charged at the due date for the term of enrolment.

How much SSAF will I be charged in 2020? 

The table below outlines who is required to pay the fee and the amount they are required to pay.

2020 SSAF

Student Cohort

2020 Fees

Undergraduate domestic students – Full-time

$154 per half-year

Undergraduate domestic students – Part-time

$114 per half-year

Postgraduate coursework domestic students – Full-time

$154 per half-year

Postgraduate coursework domestic students – Part-time

$114 per half-year

Undergraduate international students – Full-time

$154 per half-year

Undergraduate international students – Part-time

$114 per half-year

Postgraduate coursework international students – Full-time

$154 per half-year

Postgraduate coursework international students – Part-time

$114 per half-year

MUIC Diploma students – Full-time (6 terms)

$51 per term

MUIC Diploma students – Part-time (6 terms)

$38 per term

MGSM & Applied Finance Centre students – Full-time (4 terms)

$77 per term

MGSM & Applied Finance Centre students – Part-time (4 terms)

$57 per term

Fully external, including distance students

$0

Non-award students, including Study Abroad, Incoming Exchange and miscellaneous non-award

$0

MUIC Foundation (Standard and Intensive)

$0

English Language Centre (ELC) students

$0

Open Universities Australia students

$0

Cross Institutional students

$0

Higher Degree Research students (excluding Bachelor of Philosophy)

$0

Gifted and Talented Program

$0

HSC-University Pathway for Talented Students

$0

Notes:

  • Commencing international students will pay the SSAF from the start of the 2020 academic year.
  • The actual part-time SSAF amount listed above reflects 74% of the maximum FT fee to comply with the Department's definition of a part-time load. A part-time load is defined as 0.74 or less of a FT load.
  • The fee will not be charged for Session 3 enrolments, since over 85% of students enrolling in Session 3 units are full-time from the previous Session 1 and/or Session 2.  Hence most of these students will have already paid the maximum annual Student Services and Amenities Fee for the year in Session 1 and Session 2.
  • International students who are currently offshore and studying online due to COVID-19, are still required to pay SSAF.  SSAF covers a range of support services (such as wellbeing, welfare, study skills etc.) and these services have been tailored for online availability so all students can access the support they need for continued success at Macquarie.

How will the fee be charged?

If the SSAF fee applies to you, it will be loaded into your account the day after you enrol in individual units. The SSAF is based on how many units you enrol into per session/term.

You can find out how much SSAF you owe by checking your eStudent > My Finances

If you change your full/part-time study load after the SSAF is calculated, an adjustment will be made to the initial fee charged. The final SSAF fee you are liable for is based on your unit enrolments from the relevant study period census date.

Both up-front payments and deferral submissions to SA-HELP must be made by the relevant due dates.

How can I pay the SSAF?

Students can choose to pay upfront to the University or defer their fees to a SA-HELP loan with the Australian Taxation Office (if eligible).  If you wish to pay upfront to the University using ePAY (online payment option) please select the following link from the left hand menu in the "My Finances" tab in eStudent and proceed with payment.

Alternatively, you can use one of the University's other methods of payment.

Key dates for advice and payment

The University advises you of your specific Payment Due date from your eStudent account (>My Finances menu) the day after you enrol in each unit.

You may also get email reminders from time to time sent to your Official Student Email account. You are reminded to check this email a few times a week to ensure you receive any communications from the University.

What happens if this fee is not paid by the payment due date?

Students must pay the SSAF by the relevant payment due date each session in order to avoid sanctions on their student account. Students with sanctions will be prevented from:

  • re-enrolling into new units
  • accessing exam results
  • graduating
  • accessing academic transcripts

Can I defer payment?

Australian citizens, eligible New Zealand Special category Visa holders or Permanent Residents (Humanitarian Visa Holders only) who do not wish to pay the fee upfront to the University can defer the fee through SA-HELP assistance to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

To defer the SSAF, eligible students must complete a separate 'Request for SA-HELP Assistance' form by the relevant census date.

A HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP form does not cover the deferral of the SSAF.

To lodge a SA-HELP eCAF please:

  1. Log in to eStudent
  2. Click on the 'My Offer' or 'My Finances' tab
  3. Click on the 'Submit new Commonwealth Assistance Form' link
  4. Choose the course you are currently "Admitted" to.
  5. Select "Add New" for SA-HELP and complete
  6. Once submitted, the next screen should be a confirmation one. If the form status says 'Approved' automatically, you have completed the form correctly. If not, please attempt to complete the form once again.

The SA-HELP form covers a student for the length of their admitted course, and the form need only be submitted once for each course, to defer the SSAF. If the student changes courses a new SA-HELP form will need to be submitted by the relevant census date.

Instructions on completing the SA-HELP form through eStudent.

Can I be given a refund for the SSAF?

Students who withdraw from a unit(s) after the census date, will still remain liable for the Student Services and Amenities Fee. This applies even if a refund has been given for withdrawal due to special circumstances.

If you wish to have this fee refunded, please withdraw from the unit(s) vie eStudent by the relevant session census date.

Student consultation

At Macquarie University, the Student Representative Committee (SRC) has been established to work with the University on the expenditure of the fee revenue, as well as other strategic matters affecting students. As such, the SRC plays an important role in discussing funding priorities and setting future directions for the SSAF revenue with the University.

In addition, to strengthen the University's consultation process with students, Macquarie also sort feedback on SSAF funding priorities directly from students in 2019 via the SSAF Survey.  This enabled the University to obtain direct comment and feedback from all student cohorts, campus and study modes. The final SSAF Survey Report summary can be seen here.

Further information on the Student Services & Amenities Fee can be found on the Australian Government Student Services and Amenities Fee Website.

What has SSAF revenue previously supported?

The table below outlines past expenditure of SSAF revenue.

 

2019 Actual

2018 Actual

2017 Actual

2016 Actual

2015 Actual

INCOME

     

Student services fees direct from students

5,372,223

4,123,098

4,178,796

4,065,716

3,774,424

SA-HELP

2,355,293

2,165,022

2,143,987

1,989,277

1,837,966

Total revenue expendable

7,727,515

6,288,120

6,322,783

6,054,993

5,612,390

EXPEDITURE

     

Food and Drink (U@MQ)

504,163

525,969

636,613

587,887

572,644

Sport and Recreation (U@MQ)

1,676,824

1,497,898

1,470,091

1,117,909

1,433,813

Student Engagement (U@MQ)

  

892,859

873,279

848,661

Student Engagement/Social Clubs

1,136,792

1,089,611

654,846

667,674

747,098

Caring for children of students (U@MQ)

73,096

71,625

92,232

89,307

73,507

Legal Services

26,161

    

Promoting health and wellbeing of students

4,694,502

3,969,730

3,345,146

3,189,332

2,746,444

Securing Accommodation

428,839

526,759

   

Employment/ careers advice

1,280,509

1,239,301

1,105,803

944,142

872,575

Insurance help

33,415

20,000

22,499

23,000

25,300

Developing skills for study

728,742

748,769

736,758

643,891

660,303

Advising on matters arising under the Higher Education providers rules - Advocacy

930,777

826,800

850,314

755,809

665,017

Information to help orientation

697,360

618,460

229,377

285,234

262,571

Helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment

385,902

114,962

92,581

93,320

60,977

Total Expenditure

12,597,083

11,249,884

10,129,118

9,270,786

8,968,910

Unspent/(overspent) student services revenue

4,869,568

4,961,764

-3,806,336

-3,215,793

-3,356,520

Student enquiries and feedback

For any enquiries regarding payment of the SSAF fee, please contact us at AskMQ.

If you have any feedback or wish to make recommendations for SSAF expenditure, please speak to your SRC representative.

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