Understand the annual fee you pay to the University and its impact on your student community.
What is the SSAF?
The Student Services and amenities fee (SSAF) is a compulsory annual fee payable by all students at the University of Melbourne. Generally, all students who are enrolled in 12.5 points or more of study load across the calendar year pay SSAF.
How much is the SSAF?
The amount you pay depends on your study load. In 2021, the SSAF fee will be:
- Full-time students: $313
- Part-time students: $234
When do I have to pay my SSAF?
- Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): annually, as invoiced by the University.
- International Students: included as part of your course fee.
- Graduate researchers: annually, as invoiced by the University.
What does my SSAF go towards?
Student services and amenities
The University uses the SSAF to provide significant funding to services and amenities for students, such as:
- The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU)
- Melbourne University Sport
- The Graduate Student Association
- University Student Services, including Wellbeing and Students@Work
- Child services.
SSAF funding can also be used through the SSAF Grant Program, which funds ad-hoc projects that support student-focussed initiatives or contribute to meeting the needs of our diverse student population.
Highlights from 2018 include:
- Autism Inclusion at the UoM: $75,000 granted to Susan M Hayward (Arts) to develop resources, seed activities and student services to assist students on the Autism Spectrum.
- Water Safety Program: $250,000 granted to Craig Bamford (MU Sport) to provide international students and other equity groups with a specialised aquatic education program to teach the skills necessary to act safely around water.
- Spreading Fire Creative Company Initiatives: $45,000 granted to Tyson Holloway-Clarke (Student) to provide indigenous students and staff the opportunity to engage with indigenous culture, with a specific focus on performing and visual art.
- Employability and workplace skills for STEMM PhD candidates: $100,000 to Tony Wirth (Engineering) to enhance over 400 STEMM PhD candidates’ employability and workplace skills.
SSAF Grant Program
Applications for the SSAF Grant Program open twice per year. To apply, you will need to submit a proposal outlining:
- The benefit for students and the degree of reach of project
- The extent to which the project addresses a service gap
- Proposed project outcomes and success indicators
- The extent to which the project involves collaboration across the University
- The alignment with key principles of SSAF, including a commitment to represent student groups, cohorts and campuses.