Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates are determined by the Australian Government and set on an annual basis.
Students who will be charged the SSAF in 2018
You can expect to be charged the SSAF if you are studying an RMIT program in Australia and are charged a tuition fee by the University.
This includes exchange students (i.e. RMIT students studying at an overseas institution with which RMIT has a formal reciprocal agreement).
You will not be charged the SSAF if you are enrolled in a program that is delivered fully-online.
If you are unsure about whether you are required to pay the fee, please contact RMIT Connect.
How much will you be charged?
Higher education and Foundation Studies students
You will be charged on a pro-rata basis each semester at the rate of $3.11 per credit point for each course you are enrolled in, up to a maximum of $298 for the year.
For your reference, the 2017 maximum was $294 charged at $3.07 per credit point.
Vocational education students
You will be charged on a pro-rata basis at the rate of $0.42 per nominal student contact hour, up to a maximum of $298 for the year.
For your reference, the 2017 maximum was $294 charged at $0.41 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 2018 concession rate is $0.08 per nominal student contact hour, which is the same as the 2017 rate.
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.
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, complete an Application for refund of fees form (PDF 392kb 2p) and lodge it at RMIT Connect.
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.
If you have a query about the SSAF or SA-HELP, please contact RMIT Connect.