Student Services and Amenities Fee

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a semesterly fee that supports student services and amenities at RMIT.

What is SSAF?

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. 

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Who pays 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 the SSAF based on their enrolment.

This includes students studying in the Free TAFE and JobTrainer initiatives, 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 does SSAF cost?

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 2022, SSAF will be charged at the following rate:

  • Higher education and Foundation Studies students: $3.29 per credit point for each course, up to a maximum of $315 for the year
  • Vocational education students: $0.44 per nominal student contact hour, up to a maximum of $315 for the year. Vocational education students who are eligible for a concession on tuition fees are also eligible for a concession on the SSAF. The 2021 concession rate is $0.09 per nominal student contact hour

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.

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RMIT departments and RUSU can also put forward project and activity proposals for SSAF funding. These are reviewed by the Student Experience Advisory Group (SEAG) to ensure they meet all SSAF funding guidelines, and approved by the SSAF Steering Committee.
RMIT ensures that all SSAF funding is spent in line with the Australian Government SSAF Administration Guidelines.
The guidelines state that institutions can only spend SSAF on the provision of the services that fall under the 19 allowable items. Providers can choose to deliver the services and amenities themselves or contract a third party to deliver the services and amenities on the providers' behalf.
Want to find out more? View our SSAF expenditure report.
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Thanks SSAF

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.

Who decides what SSAF is spent on?

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, see the SSAF Annual Student Consultation Process

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How do I pay my SSAF?

You are invoiced for the SSAF at the same time that you are invoiced for your program fees. 

SSAF is invoiced separately from your course fees on your invoice (under Student Service and Amenities Fee). In your invoice, you can also see the due date and payment methods.

You are required to pay this fee upfront by the due date on your invoice, or apply to defer payment with SA-HELP (if you are eligible) by the census for that semester. 

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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 created by Louisa Bloomer