Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) helps to pay for campus services and amenities of a non-academic nature.

Some of the services funded by the SSAF include sporting and recreational activities, financial advice, child care and food services.

You can pay the SSAF in full up front or, if you are eligible, use an SA-HELP loan for the fee.

What is SSAF?

SSAF (Student Services and Amenities Fee) aims to provide a balanced, practical approach to funding campus services and amenities of a non-academic nature, such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice and food services.

How much is it?

  • Full-time students on campus - $315 per year
  • Part-time students on campus - $236.25 per year
  • Full-time and part-time students at Port Macquarie campus - $236.25 per year
  • Full-time and part-time students studying off campus / Online/ Distance - $94.50 - $236.25 per year
  • Students enrolled in enabling programs (e.g. Newstep, Open Foundation and Yapug) are exempt from this fee.
2022 SSAF View the 2022 SSAF costs


You will be invoiced up front (separately from your course fees) at the beginning of each term you are enrolled. Once the SSAF bill is generated you will be notified via email that your SSAF bill is available in myHub.

Payment options

Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders (resident in Australia) can:

  • pay the full SSAF amount up front
  • pay some of the SSAF upfront and get a SA-HELP loan for the remainder; or
  • apply for a SA-HELP loan for the full SSAF amount

All other students must pay the SSAF up front by the payment due date.

Note: students who are enrolled in non-award and cross-institutional study are not eligible for SA-HELP loan assistance and must pay the SSAF in full to the University.

Find out about refunds of the SSAF in our Student Fees Refund Procedure.

Have your say

Share your suggestions and comments about SSAF funded projects or provide confidential feedback through AskUON form, or email any questions regarding SSAF fees.

We follow the Australian Government's guidelines on how universities can use SSAF funds.

Past SSAF reports and documentation:

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.