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.
James Cook University (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.
The SSA Fee is charged on the basis of study load. In 2017, the charge is $44.10 per 3 credit points, to a maximum of $294 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 $44.10 for a 3-credit-point subject or $88.20 for a 6-credit-point subject until you reach $294 in one calendar year.
Credit point value/enrolment and SSA Fee charge:
To find out how the SSA Fee is calculated for HDR candidates, go to Student Services and Amenities Fee 2017 – 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.
All JCU students are required to pay the SSA Fee except for the following groups:
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.
You pay your SSA Fee using the same payment methods as your subject fees, via eStudent.
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.
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 (PDF, 67 KB)form.
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.
Thank you to those students who completed the 2017 Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA Fee) survey. Your feedback has been taken into account and SSAF categories identified in priority (PDF, 63 KB). Importantly the results will continue to inform future spending priorities into 2018.
Approved 2017 SSA Fee Expenditure Plan
After consideration of results from the student survey and completion of the consultation period with students, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding recently approved the proposed 2017 JCU Student Services and Amenities Fee Expenditure Plan (PDF, 96 KB).
You can see examples of SSA Fee-funded projects here. There are legislated categories that universities can use the SSA Fee.
For more information call the Student Centre on 1800 246 446 or email us at SSAFee@jcu.edu.au