The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a semesterly fee that supports student services and amenities at RMIT.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a compulsory semesterly fee charged by most Australian universities. SSAF pays for non-academic services and amenities that don’t relate directly to your program – everything from clubs to career advisors. Check out what SSAF pays for at RMIT below.
SSAF funds a wide range of online and face-to-face services and amenities:
Your voice helps inform how your SSAF supports student life outside of the classroom at RMIT. As part of the annual student consultation process, RMIT students who pay SSAF are emailed a survey, asking them to choose their top five listed initiatives. The survey results are then used to inform funding decisions.
RMIT also engages with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations regarding the specific uses of proceeds from SSAF. These include RUSU, strategic advisory groups and committees, and student focus groups.
For more information, download the SSAF Annual Student Consultation Process (PDF, 330KB).
Look out for the Thanks SSAF logo on webpages and at events. If you see the logo, it means the service or event was funded, in part or in full, by SSAF.
Any student who is studying an RMIT coursework program in Australia or online (including RMIT Online), and who is charged tuition fees by RMIT, will also be charged SSAF based on their enrolment.
This includes students studying in the Free TAFE initiative, and outbound exchange students who remain enrolled at RMIT.
Domestic research students commencing in 2021 or later are also charged SSAF.
If you’re unsure about whether you are required to pay the fee, please view your student invoice or your online account in Enrolment Online.
How much you pay in SSAF will depend on how many courses (subjects) you take each semester. SSAF rates are determined by the Australian Government and set on an annual basis.
In 2023, SSAF will be charged at the following rate:
If you change your enrolment before census date, this will affect the amount of SSAF you are charged for that semester. If you have already paid your SSAF for that semester, and your SSAF amount decreases because you drop a course or take a leave of absence before census date, you can apply for a fee refund.
If you change your enrolment after census date, you will remain liable for your SSAF fee and SA-HELP for that semester.
The due date for SSAF is the same as for your course fees.
If you are enrolled in courses in a standard semester, your SSAF and course fees will generally be due on the semester census date (see table below for 2022 census dates). You can also find your due date listed in Enrolment Online and on your invoice.
|Higher education (Undergraduate and postgraduate) students||Summer semester 2022-23||10 January 2023|
|Semester 1 2023||31 March 2023|
|Semester 2 2023||31 August 2023|
|Spring semester 2023||30 November 2023|
|Vocational education (TAFE) students||Semester 1 2023||31 March 2023|
|Semester 2 2023||31 August 2023|
See your invoice for fee payment methods and due dates.
You are required to pay SSAF in full by the due date on your invoice, or apply to defer payment with SA-HELP (if you are eligible) by the census date for that semester.
On your invoice, SSAF and course fees are listed seperately so you can easily see how much each costs.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.