Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates are determined by the Australian Government and set on an annual basis.
Who pays the SSAF
Students studying in any coursework RMIT program in Australia, and who are charged tuition fees by RMIT will be also charged the SSAF based on their enrolment.
This includes students studying in the Free TAFE and JobTrainer initiatives, where the Victorian State Government covers some or all of a student’s tuition fees, and outbound exchange students who remain enrolled at RMIT (i.e. RMIT students studying at an overseas institution with which RMIT has a formal reciprocal agreement).
From 2021 the SSAF will also be charged to the following cohorts:
- RMIT Students studying an online program, including through RMIT Online (who are also are billed by RMIT)
- domestic research students commencing in 2021
If you are unsure about whether you are required to pay the fee, please view your student invoice or your online account in Enrolment Online.
More information about RMIT fees and payments.
How much will you be charged?
Higher education and Foundation Studies students
In 2021, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis each semester at the rate of $3.27 per credit point for each course you are enrolled in, up to a maximum of $313 for the year.
For your reference, the 2020 maximum was $308 charged at $3.21 per credit point.
Vocational education students
In 2021, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis at the rate of $0.44 per nominal student contact hour, up to a maximum of $313 for the year.
For your reference, the 2020 maximum was $308 charged at $0.43 per nominal student contact hour.
If you are a vocational education student and you are eligible for a concession on your tuition fees, you are also eligible for a concession on the SSAF. The 2021 concession rate is $0.09 per nominal student contact hour; the 2020 concession rate was also $0.09.
Invoicing and payment
You are invoiced for the SSAF at the same time that you are invoiced for your program fees.
- Payment is due by the due date listed on your invoice.
- Details of how to make payment are on your invoice.
- SSAF is invoiced separately from your course fees on your invoice (under Student Service and Amenities Fee).
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 date for that semester.
Enrolment changes and SSAF charges
Before the census date
Changing your enrolment before the relevant census date will affect the amount of SSAF you are charged for that semester:
- If you add any classes before the relevant census date, you will be charged additional fees up to the maximum amount. You will be issued with a new invoice if you are charged any additional SSAF.
- If you drop any classes before the class census date, your charge will be reduced. If you have already made payment of the SSAF you will be eligible for a refund, assuming you have no outstanding debts at that time.
- If you drop all your classes by taking an approved leave of absence from your program or by cancelling your enrolment before the relevant census date, you will no longer be liable for the SSAF for that semester. If you have already made payment of the SSAF, you will be eligible for a refund, assuming you have no outstanding debts at that time.
- If you wish to apply for a refund, please visit our Credit balance and refunds page for the most up to date information.
After the census date
After the relevant census date, you will remain liable for your SSAF even if you change your enrolment as follows:
- Drop classes
- Take an approved leave of absence from your program
- Cancel your enrolment in your program
There is no refund of any paid SSAF after the census date. A student who has paid the SSAF upfront and changes their enrolment after the census date will not receive a refund of the SSAF.
Similarly, there are no refunds of SA-HELP after the census date. A student who has taken out a SA-HELP loan and changes their enrolment after the census date will remain liable for their SA-HELP debt.