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Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

All Higher Education students need to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) each semester during their studies at CDU. This is standard practice for Australian universities. The SSAF helps fund non-academic services and deliver projects and activities to improve your experience as a student.

The SSAF is cross-institutional, so you will still need to pay the fee if you are studying abroad.

2023 SSAF Fee rates - Coursework

The 2023 fee value for domestic and international coursework is $40.00 per 10 credit points and the maximum fee that will be charged will be $320. See the table below.

Number of Credit Points (CP)

SSAF Charge

10CP

$40.00

20CP

$80.00

30CP$120.00
40CP$160.00
50CP$200.00
60CP$240.00
70CP$280.00
80CP and above$320.00
2022 SSAF Fee rates - Coursework

The 2022 fee value for domestic and international coursework is $39.00 per 10 credit points and the maximum fee that will be charged will be $312. See the table below.

Number of Credit Points (CP)

SSAF Charge

10CP

$39.00

20CP

$78.00

30CP$117.00
40CP$156.00
50CP$195.00
60CP$234.00
70CP$273.00
80CP and above$312.00
2021 SSAF breakdown

Here's a breakdown of how the SSAF was used at CDU in 2021. 

Student groups

12.4%

Advocacy, careers and counselling

22.15%

Student support

15.40%

Book postage4.98%

Orientation and diaries

6.09%

Student SSAF projects23.39%
COVID-19 Student assistant grant14.25%

Total

100%

SSAF Allocation Report

The 2022 SSAF allocation report will be available from early January 2023.

SSAF Expenditure plan

The 2023 SSAF expenditure plan will be available from December 2022.

Student Involvement

CDU is committed to involving our students in all of our decision-making, this includes how we utilise our SSAF funds. We have four student representatives on our SSAF Advisory Board Committee. 

  • First Nations Student Representative
  • Postgraduate Student Representative
  • International Student Representative
  • Online Student Representative

In addition to our student representatives, CDU will consult with Student Council for their input and opinions on all upcoming SSAF-funded projects. 

Do you have ideas on how you would like to see CDU spend our SSAF funds? 

Fill out our annual SSAF Survey and let us know! Available from November 2022. 

How to get involved?

SSAF projects consist of two yearly rounds, students are encouraged to apply for SSAF-funded projects that will benefit the University and their student experience. If you would like to be notified when SSAF applications are open and for all further information, please contact ssaf@cdu.edu.au

Important Dates

26/09/2022

SSAF Project Applications Open

28/10/2022

SSAF Project Applications Close

17/11/2022

SSAF Advisory Committee Meeting- makes recommendations on successful proposals

08/12/2022

Applicants advised of outcome and finances confirmed

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pay?

Domestic students: There are several different ways to pay your SA-HELP fee. You can choose to pay the fee upfront or if you are eligible, you can defer the payment through to an SA-HELP loan. Log into your MyStudentInfo account to pay your SA-HELP or to complete the SA-HELP loan (step 7) to defer your fees.

Please note that there are two types of loans, the HECS-HELP loan (or Commonwealth Assistance) and SA-HELP loan (Student Amenities Fee Loan). You must complete the relevant loan to be able to defer your payment.

See also:  Am I eligible for a SA-HELP loan?

International students: All fees need to be paid in full by the first day of classes each semester. Please see Compliance and enrolment.

When do I pay?

Domestic students: if you defer your SA-HELP through to an SA-HELP loan, you do not need to pay the fee upfront. If you choose to pay upfront, it must be paid by the Census date of each semester. There are many ways to pay your fees.

International students: All international students are expected to make payment by the first day of each semester. See Important dates for when you need to pay.

Who has to pay?

As a CDU student, you are responsible for your University fees and payments.  

If you have an arrangement with your Employer who has agreed to pay your fees, you need to complete and submit a Employer Authorisation - Higher Education/Postgraduate Students form.  This form needs to be submitted and the fees paid before Census date. A new form must be submitted each year.

See also: My employer has agreed to pay for my fees. How do I inform the University of this arrangement?

Can I defer my SSAF?

As a domestic student, you can defer your SSAF by logging into your MyStudentInfo and selecting Enrolment. Go to Step 7 of the enrolment steps to complete the SA-HELP loan. Please note that there are two types of loans in your MyStudentInfo account, the HECS-HELP loan (step 6 of enrolment steps) and the SA-HELP loan (step 7 of enrolment steps). You must complete the relevant loan to be able to defer your payment.

See also:  Am I eligible for a SA-HELP loan?

Can my SSAF payment be refunded if I withdraw from my course?

If you withdraw from your course prior to the Census date of the relevant teaching period, contact Student Central to check your eligibility to receive a refund.

A refund may not be available if you have withdrawn after the Census date and any SA-HELP debt incurred cannot be refunded and will be recorded with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). 

See also: Department of Education - Student Services and Amenities Fee

For more information regarding SSAF, please see here.

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