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Student services and amenities fee

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a compulsory fee approved by the Australian Government (see the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Act 2011).

The purpose of the SSAF is to provide student services and amenities beyond those required for the academic work of the University.

At ECU, proceeds from the SSAF are allocated to a range of services and initiatives in areas including health, counselling, sport and recreation, social clubs and societies, student welfare, careers advice, student advocacy, orientation, production and dissemination to students of media, and student representation.

The University Council has set the fee for 2018 at $298.00 per year for full-time on-campus students ($149.00 for part-time students and $89.40 for off-campus students).

The new SSAF level is effective for studies commencing on or after 1 January 2018. Australian citizens, New Zealand Citizens who meet the eligibility criteria and permanent humanitarian visa holders enrolled in award courses are eligible for an SA-HELP Loan to defer payment of the fee.


SA-HELP is a deferred loan scheme for eligible students for the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

To be eligible to defer the Services and Amenities Fee via SA-HELP you must be:

  • An Australian citizen
  • Hold a permanent humanitarian visa
  • A New Zealand citizen who meets the HELP eligibility criteria

Permanent Residents of Australia are eligible for the Commonwealth Supported rate of fees for eligible courses however may not defer payment of the Services and Amenities Fee on SA-HELP.

Cross Institutional students can obtain SA-HELP from their home institution only. Non Award students are not eligible for an SA-HELP loan.

If you obtain an SA-HELP loan, this amount is added to any existing HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP debt you may have.

You will be able to opt to defer payment of the Services and Amenities Fee using SA-HELP via your SIMO account.

2018 Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) (the below fees are effective from the 1 January 2018).

DOMESTIC Bi-Annual FeeNote
Full Time*Part-time
Commonwealth Supported Australian Citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders are eligible for a SA-HELP Loan to defer payment of the fee
On-Campus students $149 $74.50
Off-Campus students ** $44.70 $44.70
Domestic Fee Paying
On-Campus students $149 $74.50
Off-Campus students ** $44.70 $44.70

Higher Degree Research
(Research Training Scheme)

$149 $74.50
Cross-Institutional students $149 $74.50 Unless can demonstrate that SSAF is paid at their home institution.
Not eligible for a SA-HELP Loan
Non-Award Not eligible for a SA-HELP Loan
On-Campus students $149 $74.50
Off-Campus students ** $44.70 $44.70
Enabling Courses $0 $0 Including University Preparation Course (UPC)
Vocational Education & Training (VET)
Annual Fee
Full Time* Part-time
WAAPA VET $298 $149Not eligible for a SA-HELP Loan
International Fee-Paying (FPON) $0 $0 The University funds an amount equivalent to SSAF from fee revenue
Inbound Study Abroad $0 $0
Inbound Student Exchange $0 $0
External International (FPOS) $0 $0
Fee-paying offshore students (FPOF) $0 $0
* Full-time means a study load of at least 75% of the normal full-time student load for the relevant period (six monthly).
** Enrolment in one or more On Campus units will incur the On Campus fee.
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