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.

The table below outlines who is required to pay the fee and the amounts.

Students

2019 Fees

Undergraduate domestic students – Full-time

$151 per half-year

Undergraduate domestic students  – Part-time

$81 per half-year

Postgraduate coursework domestic students  – Full-time

$151 per half-year

Postgraduate coursework domestic students  – Part-time

$81 per half-year

Undergraduate International students (continuing)  – Full-time

$151 per half-year

Undergraduate International students (continuing)  – Part-time

$81 per half-year

Postgraduate coursework international students (continuing)* – Full-time

$151 per half-year

Postgraduate coursework international students (continuing)* – Part-time

$81 per half-year

MUIC Diploma students – Full-time

$50 per term

MUIC Diploma students – Part-time

$25 per term

MGSM and Applied Finance Centre Students– Full-time

$75 per term

MGSM and Applied Finance Centre Students – Part-time

$37 per term

Fully external, including distance, online and offshore students

$0

MUIC Foundation (Standard and Intensive)

$0

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

$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

* Commencing international students will pay the SSAF from the start of the 2020 academic year.

Note: 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.

What are the funds used for?

The revenue generated from the Student Services and Amenities Fee helps Macquarie provide a range of services and facilities for students. For Macquarie University students, this includes:

  • Campus wellbeing and support services
  • Health and welfare
  • Student newsletters
  • Student clubs and societies
  • Sport and recreation
  • Caring for children
  • Accommodation services
  • Food and beverage operations on campus
  • Advocating students' interests.

The Student Representative Committee has an important role in discussing funding priorities for the Student Services and Amenities Fee revenue with the University, and setting future directions and funding priorities.

2015-2017 Student Service Amenities Fee (SSAF)

 

2014 Actual

2015 Actual

2016 Actual

2017 Actual

Income $'s

Student services fees direct from students

3,774,424

4,065,716

4178,796

SA- HELP

1,837,966

1,989,277

2,143,987

Total revenue expendable

5,094,705

5,612,390

6,054,993

6,322,783

Expenditure $'s

Food and Drink (U@MQ)

513,000

572,644

587,887

636,613

Sport and Recreation (U@MQ)

1,573,000

1,433,813

1,117,909

1,470,091

Student Engagement (U@MQ)

1,528,858

848,661

873,279

892,859

Student Engagement

747,098

667,674

654,846

Caring for children of students (U@MQ)

71,000

73,507

89,307

92,232

Promoting health and wellbeing of students *

3,558,047

2,746,444

3,189,332

3,345,146

Employment/ careers advice

832,644

872,575

944,142

1,105,803

Insurance help

40,292

25,300

23,000

22,499

Developing skills for study

605,115

660,303

643,891

736,758

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

544,108

665,017

755,809

850,314

Information to help orientation

314,815

262,571

285,234

229,377

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

64,121

60,977

93,320

92,581

Total Expenditure

9,645,000

8,968,910

9,270,786

10,129,118

Unspent/(overspent) student services revenue

-4,550,295

-3,356,520

-3,215,793

-3,806,336

 

Note*

Disability and Medicare reimbursement

 

801,253

852,387

675,226

Total Expenditure (Excl. Reimbursement)

 

9,770,163

10,123,172

10,804,344

Unspent/(overspent) student services revenue (Excl. Reimbursement)

 

-4,157,773

-4,068,179

-4,481,562

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 and feedback

Legislation governing the Student Services and Amenities Fee requires the University to consult with students on how the revenue from the fee is spent. At Macquarie University, the Student Representative Committee has been established to work with the University on the expenditure of the fee revenue, as well as other strategic matters affecting students.

Further information on the Student Services & Amenities Fee can be found on the Australian Government Study Assist website.

For any enquiries, contact us at AskMQ.

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