Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA Fee)

Students Fees & Financial Support Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA Fee)

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA Fee) was introduced by the Australian government to improve university services and facilities for students both on and off campus.

JCU students must pay this fee (except for a small number of exempt students).

The income from the fee is used to provide a range of student support services and facilities that students can access.

SSA Fee rates 2016

The SSA Fee is charged on the basis of study load. In 2016, the charge is $43.50 per 3 credit points, to a maximum of $290 per calendar year, other than students on an inbound Study Abroad Program (refer to clause 2.2.2 of the SSA Fee Policy)

This means each time you enrol in a subject you will be charged $43.50 for a 3-credit-point subject or $87.00 for a 6-credit-point subject until you reach $290 in one calendar year.

Credit point value/enrolment and SSA Fee charge
3 credit points – $43.50
6 credit points – $87.00
9 credit points – $130.50
12 credit points – $174.00
15 credit points – $217.50
18 credit points – $261.00
21 credit points – $290.00
24 credit points – $290.00

Research students
To find out how the SSA Fee is calculated for HDR candidates, go to Student Services and Amenities Fee 2016 – research students.

The fee is calculated on all subject enrolments as at the census date of each study period or trimester. The SSA Fee is indexed annually.

You can view 2015 SSA fee rates here.

Who has to pay?

All JCU students are required to pay the SSA Fee except for the following groups:

1. Students who are admitted to a course at either Beijing University of Technology or Republic of the Fiji Islands represented by the Fiji Ministry of Health;
2. Secondary school students participating in the enhanced study program;
3. Students on outbound exchange with universities external to JCU;
4. Students admitted to the JCU Pathways College who are not enrolled in one or more subjects at James Cook University;
5. International students who are continuing in a course of study which they commenced prior to 1 January 2013;
6. Students whose home campus is Singapore and who are participating in the Intercampus Mobility Program on an Australian campus; and
7. Other student(s) as determined in clause 5 of the SSA Fee Policy.

When do I pay?

Like your subject fees, you must pay your SSA Fee by the payment due date of each subject or, if eligible, defer payment with SA HELP.

Your fee statement/tax invoice (accessed via eStudent) provides information on the subjects you are enrolled in, subject fee amounts, SSA Fee amounts, payment due dates and how to pay.

How do I pay?

You pay your SSA Fee using the same payment methods as your subject fees, via eStudent. See pay your fees.

Deferring payment (SA-HELP)

If you are an Australian citizen, permanent humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen (who meets certain criteria), and you meet residency requirements, you are eligible to defer payment of your SSA Fee (either in full or by part-payment) with an SA-HELP loan. You only need to complete this form once for your entire course. All other students will need to pay the fee directly to JCU.

See Defer your fees.


If you withdraw from a subject(s) prior to the census date then you will be eligible for a refund of any payments made towards the applicable SSA Fee. You apply for a refund by completing this Application for Refund form.

Consultation with students

JCU is committed to seeking input from students regarding priorities for expenditure of the SSA Fee revenue and has a formal process of consultation regarding the use of the SSA Fee revenue.

JCU consults with elected student representatives and student organisations regarding the use of the SSA Fee revenue. Each year JCU publishes proposed priorities for expenditure and invites student feedback.

2016 Student Services and Amenities Fee – Expenditure Plan (PDF)

Expenditure plans for previous years:

2015 Student Services and Amenities Fee – Expenditure Plan (PDF)
2014 Student Services and Amenities Fee – Expenditure Plan (PDF)
2013 Student Services and Amenities Fee – Expenditure Plan (PDF)
2012 Student Service and Amenities Fee – Expenditure Plan (PDF)

How is the fee used?

You can see examples of SSA Fee-funded projects here. There are legislated categories that universities can use the SSA Fee. These include:

1. providing food or drink to students on campus;
2. supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students;
3. supporting the administration of a club in which most members are     students;
4. caring for children of students;
5. providing legal services to students;
6. promoting the health or welfare of students;
7. helping students secure accommodation;
8. helping students obtain employment or advice on careers;
9. helping students with their financial affairs;
10. helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents;
11. supporting debating by students;
12. providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for    academic purposes) for students;
13. supporting an artistic activity by students;
14. supporting the production and distribution to students of media     produced by students;
15. helping students develop skills for study, by means other than     undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled;
16. advising students about rules at JCU (however described);
17. advocating students' interests in matters arising in JCU’s rules   (however described);
18. giving students information to help them in their orientation;
19. helping meet the needs of overseas students for
welfare, accommodation and employment.

For a more detailed explanation of how the SSA Fee is used, please have a look at our 2015 Student Services and Amenities Fee Report.

More information

For more information call the Student Centre on 1800 246 446 or email us at

Related information

SSA Fee Policy
Study Assist website
Student Services and Amenities Act 2011