In 1 January 2012, a new Student Services and Amenities Fee was introduced for students at all Australian universities, including USC. This fee is a result of the Federal Government passing the Student Services and Amenities Fee Legislation on 11 October 2011.
This legislation allows all universities to charge students a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), up to a maximum of A$290 in 2016. This amount is indexed annually.
How will the funds raised from SSAF be spent?
All of the Student Services and Amenities Fee funds will be used for improving student services and facilities, and in accordance with the funding guidelines. All students are invited annually to comment on the types of services and facilities that will be funded through the SSAF.
The 2016 SSAF initiatives, identified through student consultation, in order of highest priority are:
- Food services
- Employment and careers services
- Financial assistance and services (eg financial literacy workshops)
- Study skills services
- Health and welfare
- Student clubs and societies
- Libraries and reading spaces
- Student insurance
- Legal services
- Advocacy and advice about student rights and responsibilities
The University allocates Student Services and Amenities Funds in accord with the guidelines. Where Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) funds are allocated to University-provided services they make a contribution component to those services.
SSAF funded services and projects allocated under current priorities
|Food subsidies and services||Discounted meals for students at food outlets||A$93,000||A$123,000||A$258,000||A$357,000||A$360,000|
|Printing subsidy||Subsidising on‐campus printing costs||A$52,000||A$40,000||A$63,500||A$200,000|
|Student Guild||Orientation and weekly BBQ
Student clubs funding
Advocacy and welfare assistance
Diary and calendar
Text book exchange
|Orientation and campus life ‐
including leadership and service
learning initiatives for students
|USC Sport||Athletics track subsidy
Northern University Games
|Professional services, online and
peer support ‐ careers and
|CareerHub website upgrade
Student financial assistance
|Professional services, eLearning and
peer support ‐ academic skills
|Science pop up SQuAD
Online academic skills, resources and email
STEM advising and learning hub
* 2016 numbers show current commitments not actual expenditure
Consultation process and schedule for 2016 SSAF priorities
All Student Services and Amenities Fee funds are used to enhance or extend student services and facilities in accordance with funding guidelines. Each year, all students, and democratically elected student representatives, will be invited to provide input about the types of services and facilities that will be funded through the SSAF. Feedback collected through the annual consultation process will inform decisions about how SSAF funds are allocated in the following year.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) is responsible for determining the annual allocations of Student Services and Amenities Fees, with consideration given to existing commitments and projected revenue. The USC Student Guild is the democratically elected student representative body of the University of the Sunshine Coast; and the Director, Student Wellbeing, is responsible for managing the consultation process with students and their representatives.
|Consultation process activities||Actioned|
USC Student Guild, Student Representative Council, and other student groups invited to review current initiatives and propose new SSAF priorities.
Online survey link sent to all students via email.
2–20 November 2015
Student survey feedback reviewed by Student Guild, Student Representative Council, and PVC (Students). Recommendations made for 2016.
Late November 2015
Priorities published on SSAF information web page for 2016.
Students and student groups are also welcome to provide views on the current year SSAF expenditure, and submit proposals, at any time via email to the Director, Student Wellbeing. Feedback received through this avenue will be considered as part of the consultation for the following year’s SSAF allocation.
How much will I be charged?
USC will levy the SSAF charge according to the total enrolment load of a student.
- In 2016 the maximum SSAF will be A$290
- In 2017 the maximum SSAF will be A$294
Refer to the schedule of fees.
Who pays the SSAF?
All students, including international students (with the exception of the student groups listed below) enrolled in a USC study period will pay the SSAF.
For international students, these costs have been included within the International Tuition Fee rates. USC will internally transfer the SSAF amount to the Student Services and Amenities account.
In 2016 the following groups of students will not pay SSAF:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)
- Headstart Program or Integrated Learning Engineering Program
- Cross Institutional Enrolments (where USC is the host institution)
- Visiting students
How do I pay the SSAF?
You will be able to view your SSAF charges on your student invoice in USC Central If you change your enrolment you will need to generate a new invoice to view your amended charges.
Australian citizens, eligible New Zealand citizens and holders of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa residing in Australia are eligible for a SA-HELP loan for SSAF charges. SA-HELP is available under a HELP scheme, similar to HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP. For more information refer to SA-HELP.
Remission of SA-HELP debts after the applicable census date are not available.
All other students including, Permanent Visa holders (other than Permanent Humanitarian Visas), are required to pay the fee directly to the University on or before the due date. Refer to the Academic Calendar for key administrative dates or generate your student invoice in USC Central to see fee due dates.
Refunds of SSAF payments will not be available for withdrawals made after the applicable census dates.
Further information on the SSAF, including the implementation and consultation process, will be provided. Check this page periodically for updates.
Keep up to date on the SSAF by:
- checking your USC student emails at least twice a week
- reviewing the To Do list in USC Central for instructions on how to apply for SA-HELP or electing to pay your SSAF up front