Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) provides for amenities and non-academic services for students. Services include:
- financial advice
- food services, sporting and recreational activities
- student advocacy and legal services
Services provided through the SSAF funding are made available to all UTS students regardless of their circumstances and it is up to each individual student to choose their level of engagement with these services.
Accessing SSAF services during COVID-19
While many students are supporting the Government's social distancing measures by studying off campus, where possible, most SSAF funded services have adapted and continue to be available to all students. To access these services, check the supporting online study page.
- providing food or drink to students with takeaway food and beverages at discounted prices from The Terrace and free takeaway breakfast bags from Bluebird Brekkie Bar
- supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students with free daily live group exercise classes online and our elite athlete support programs
- supporting the administration of student clubs and online events
- providing legal services to students via online consultations with the Student Legal Service
- promoting the health or welfare of students via the Student Advocacy Service online consultations
- helping students secure accommodation
- helping students obtain employment or advice on careers via UTS Careers online consultations and resources
- helping students with their financial affairs via the Financial Assistance Service
- supporting online debating by students
- library and reading room materials online
- supporting the production and dissemination of student-created media via 2SER radio and Vertigo online
- helping students develop skills for study via online HELPS workshops, study groups, consultations and resources
- advocating students' interests by supporting student elections planned for October 2020
- giving students information to help them in their orientation via the expanded Online Orientation
- helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment
2020 Fee rates and due dates
The SSAF applies to all UTS students and is levied for both Autumn and Spring sessions for all domestic and international students. The fee will be charged per session at:
- $154 for full-time students (FT - 18 credit points and above, or a study load of 0.375 EFTSL and above)
- $77 for part-time students (PT - 17 credit points and below, or a study load of 0.374 EFTSL and below)
Your liability for the SSAF is based on your enrolled study load as at the census date. Students withdrawing after the census date are not eligible for refund or remission of this debt.
The SSAF is a compulsory charge for all students enrolled in an award course and no waivers are available, however, some specific subjects are excluded from the SSAF calculation (i.e. their credit point value is not included in the determination of FT or PT).
- Distance Mode
- In-Country Studies
- Study Abroad
- PG Online Courses
|STUDENT||AUTUMN and calendar b autumn DUE DATEs||SPRING and calendar b spring DUE DATEs|
|Coursework students||21 April 2020||8 September 2020|
|Higher Degree by Research students||12 May 2020||14 October 2020
The SSAF is charged separately to your tuition fees with a different due date. You will receive an email at the start of semester advising your eInvoice is available in from My Student Admin. It is important you pay this by the due date.
Deferring payment of the SSAF
Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and eligible NZ citizens can apply for SA-HELP, a scheme to defer the payment of the SSAF. Students can submit a Request for SA-HELP Assistance form via My Student Admin (login required), but it must be submitted by the SSAF due date. If SA-HELP is approved, it lasts for the duration of your current course.
The SSAF cannot be deferred through HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP. Students must ensure they have submitted an approved ‘Request for SA-HELP assistance’ form prior to the due date.
Cross-institutional students are only eligible to access SA-HELP at their home institution, but must pay the SSAF upfront for subjects taken at the host institution.
Spending the SSAF
The UTS Students’ Association and Activate UTS propose services for funding to the Vice-Chancellor and all of the services funded have been nominated by the elected representatives of the UTS Students’ Association and Activate UTS. The SSAF cannot be spent on the provision of academic services or the support of political parties.
The SSAF can be spent on:
- providing food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider
- supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students
- supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students
- caring for children of students
- providing legal services to students
- promoting the health or welfare of students
- helping students secure accommodation
- helping students obtain employment or advice on careers
- helping students with their financial affairs
- helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents
- supporting debating by students
- providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students
- supporting an artistic activity by students
- supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students
- helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled
- advising on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules (however described)
- advocating students' interests in matters arising under the higher education provider's rules (however described)
- giving students information to help them in their orientation
- helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment.
|SErvices||2019 SSAF funding||2019 total expenditure|
|Providing food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider||$680,000||$881,385|
|Supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students||$1,975,000||$2,363,263.40|
|Supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students||$1,360,000||$1,603,729.49|
|Promoting the health or welfare of students||$300,000||$1,058,884|
|Supporting debating by students||$100,000||$122,535.14|
|Giving students information to help them in their orientation||$250,000||$371,298|
|Repairs and maintenance||$250,000||$754,937|
UTS Students' Association 2019
|services||2019 ssaf funding||2019 total expenditure|
|Casework, advocacy and support||$440,000||$479,378|
|UTS Student Legal Centre||$230,000||$237,823|
|Bluebird Brekkie Bar and Night Owl Cafe||$204,000||$237,476|
|Publications and Vertigo (student magazine)||$205,000||$236,715|
|Honorarium, elections and administration||$135,000||$145,454|
|Student departments, clubs and collectives||$160,000||$125,019|
UTS Child Care and 2SER 2019
|UTS Childcare Student Contribution||$404,355|
|2SER Student Radio Contribution||$601, 490|