The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) provides a significant increase in the level of funding previously available to student services and amenities at tertiary institutions.
The introduction of this fee has provided the University with the opportunity to work in partnership with student associations and other campus providers to increase the quality and quantity of the services available to students.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) was introduced by the government in 2012. The fee provides funding for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature (sporting, recreational, employment, financial, food, etc). It's calculated based on your enrolment (mode and study load) for the entire calendar year.
What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)?
The SSAF is a compulsory fee which provides funding for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature, such as:
- recreational activities including clubs, societies and campus events
- sporting activities and facilities
- student advocacy
- legal advice
- financial advice
- support for student organisations
- infrastructure for non-academic activities.
How is the fee charged?
SSAF in 2017
For 2017, the charge will be $3.67 per enrolled credit point for courses with an on campus location. The maximum charge for 2017 is $294. The fee will be indexed annually.
This table shows example charges per unit:
|Credit point value||Charge|
|10 credit points||$36.70|
|20 credit points||$73.40|
|30 credit points||$110.10|
|40 credit points||$146.80|
In 2017 we will charge the fee to:
- Domestic undergraduate students
- Domestic postgraduate coursework students
- Domestic and international non award students
- International undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students
The student services and amenities fee will be embedded in the undergraduate, postgraduate and non award international tuition fee and in the full fee paying postgraduate domestic tuition fee.
Students exempt from paying the Student Services and Amenities Fee in 2017:
- Domestic and International Higher Degree Research students
- The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Study (GUESTS) students
- 1354 Bachelor of Midwifery students
- 9351 Griffith Health Studies Certificate Program
- 9355 Griffith University Preparation Program
- 9930 Exchange program
- 9933 Griffith courses
How and when do I pay the SSAF?
Your Academic Charges Account will list the student services and amenities fee per enrolled course, and the due dates for payment.
The due dates for payment of the fee will align with the course census dates.
Eligible students are able to defer the SSAF through a loan scheme called SA-HELP.
To be eligible for SA-HELP you need to:
- be an Australian citizen; or
- be a New Zealand citizen who is a Special Category Visa holder who meets the eligibility criteria; or
- be the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa who will be resident in Australia for the duration of the unit
- be enrolled in a course of study or a bridging course for overseas-trained professional
- meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements; and
- have completed, signed and given a Request for SA-HELP assistance form to the University on or before the day on which the student services and amenities fee is payable.
Visit HELP loans for details on how to access a SA-HELP loan.
Up-front payment of the SSAF
If you are not eligible for SA-HELP, or you do not wish to access a SA-HELP loan, you will need to make payment of the SSAF by the due date. Payment options available to students are listed on the bottom of your Academic Charges Account.
Further information on how to pay your fees can be found on Paying your fees.
What will the 2017 money be spent on?
The University estimates it will receive approximately $8M in SSAF revenue for 2017 which is expected to be allocated as follows: $3.1M to the Gold Coast Student Guild; $1.2M to the SRC; $500k to GUPSA; $2.6M to Campus Life; $300k to Academic Administration for orientation and engagement activities; and $25k to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) for student sponsorships.
Information about the past allocations of SSAF funds at Griffith can be found at:
The University will continue to genuinely consult with students and their representatives about what you see as the priorities for student services and amenities, to ensure that these funds are used for initiatives that give students the most benefit. A portion of the fee income will continue to be dedicated to student orientation and engagement activities and student sponsorships/scholarships.
It’s important that we continue to receive your feedback on services and amenities that you want at Griffith and the SSAF expenditure already identified. You can provide feedback via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you can contact those campus providers to discuss the funding priorities or to suggest a service or amenity that you think Griffith needs or needs to improve.
|Brisbane Student Representative Council (SRC)|
|Gold Coastemail@example.com||(07) 555 28724||The Link||G07_1.61|
|Brisbane Student Representative Council (SRC)|
|Loganfirstname.lastname@example.org||(07) 338 21603||Community Place||L04_1.04|
|Mt Gravattemail@example.com||(07) 373 51103||Community
|Nathanfirstname.lastname@example.org||(07) 373 54006||Student Association and Clubs||N28_0.09|
|QCAemail@example.com||(07) 373 56336||Webb Centre||S02_2.11|
|QCGUfirstname.lastname@example.org||(07) 373 56272||Queensland Conservatorium||S01_1.14|
|Griffith University Postgraduate Student Association (GUPSA)|
|Logan and Brisbaneemail@example.com||(07) 373 54822||Student Association and Clubs||N28_0.07|
|Accommodation||(07) 373 57575||The Hub||N11_1.08E|
|Childcare||(07) 373 57959||Tallowwood Child Care Centre
Baronia Child Care Centre
|Clubs and Societies||(07) 373 53931||Student Association and Clubs||N28_0.04|
|Griffith Foodfirstname.lastname@example.org||(07) 373 57795||The Hub||N11_1.07C|
|(07) 373 55616||Community||M08_2.207|
|Sport and Activities||(07) 373 53628||The Hub||N11_1.05|
The University will continue to seek ongoing student feedback on the impact and effectiveness of the range of SSAF funded projects and/or activities across its 5 campuses. In doing so, it may gather a wider range of input about the effectiveness of programs funded by the SSAF which may be published on the University’s website and used to inform future funding decisions.
Got a question? Ask Us provides 24/7 online access to Student Administration answers.