It’s rewarding to study what you love – but it can also be expensive. So that you can budget accordingly, here’s a list of other expenses you may have to pay on top of your tuition fees. 

Meet the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF)

What is the SSAF?

The student services and amenities fee (SSAF) helps fund your non-academic services and amenities, including services such as:

  • Student advocacy
  • Campus amenities
  • National clubs and societies.

A full list of how we reinvest the SSAF back to you is available on this page.

How much is it?

2019 SSAF Schedule

Full-time students: $151 per half year ($302 annually)

Part-time students: $112 per half year ($224 annually)

Executive Education students: $45 per term of enrolment (maximum charge of $270 annually)

How do I pay it?

For domestic students, the SSAF will be charged along with your tuition fees and will be displayed on your tuition fee invoice.

If you’re an international student, the SSAF is already included as part of your tuition fees.

Can I defer the SSAF?

You could be eligible to apply for SSAF deferment through the SA-HELP scheme. 

Learn more about financing your studies

What if I’m an international student?

If you’re an overseas student paying a full international tuition fee, the SSAF will be included in your fees.

Do other universities charge the SSAF?

All Australian universities are able to charge a student services fee to help cover the costs of non-academic services and facilities.

We distribute the SSAF according to guidelines set by the Commonwealth Government.


Understand other expenses

 

 
Late fees

Late re-enrolment after the first re-enrolment period: $100*

Late re-enrolment after the second re-enrolment period: $150*

Late payment fee: $200 Late addition of unit: $50 if required after the census date

*The corresponding re-enrolment periods are published for current students on the student portal.

Reinstatement of enrolment
$150
Replacement ACU student card
$20
Transcripts

Current students: $15

Past students: $16.50 (inc. GST)

Replacement testamurs

Domestic: $150 (inc. GST)

Overseas, if postage is required: $175 (inc. GST)

Dishonoured cheque
$5
Graduation

Ceremony attendance, including graduand and three guests: $150

Additional ceremony guest tickets: $20

For further information about graduation fees, including academic dress hire, visit our ceremony fees and guest tickets page.


Investing the SSAF in you 

How we invest the SSAF

We charge and administer the SSAF according to the Commonwealth Government’s legislation and guidelines. 

To read more about these guidelines, visit the Department of Education and Training’s SSAF website

How your voice is heard

It’s important to us that we consult our students on priorities for SSAF expenditure and its budget, and to be as transparent as we can.

This is done annually through a student survey, as well as elected student representatives from the ACU National Student Association and the ACU Postgraduate Association. We welcome feedback from other student groups, too.

Keep an eye out for an announcement for the next student survey on your student portal. You can also reach out to your local student association representative.

Visit our student associations page for contact details 

Track how your money is spent

We post recent survey results on Student Connect for current students to read and provide feedback.

We also provide cost breakdowns of how we are investing the SSAF back into our students, as well as details about funded facilities, services and activities.

If you’re a current student, track how your SSAF is being invested by visiting our distribution of SSAF funds page

What we can spend the SSAF on

Development

  • Helping students develop study skills outside their enrolled course

Services

  • Childcare for children of students
  • Student legal services
  • Provision of food and drink to students on campus
  • Student advocacy for matters arising under ACU’s rules
  • Non-academic libraries and reading rooms

Activities

  • Sports and recreation
  • Debating
  • Artistic activity
  • Student clubs and societies
  • Production and distribution of student media

Assistance and support

  • Promoting student health and welfare
  • Helping students secure accommodation
  • Employment or career advice
  • Financial advice
  • Insurance advice
  • Orientation information
  • Matters arising under ACU’s rules
  • International student support including welfare, accommodation and employment

 

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International student support

Our international team is happy to help you with any questions or issues regarding fees, payments and costs.

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Financing your studies

You could be eligible to finance your studies through government assistance or loans for international students. 

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Domestic student fees

Access our domestic course costing tools, see individual unit prices and learn about domestic fee-paying and Commonwealth supported places.

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