The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is used directly to fund a range of projects, essential services and activities which support students and enhance their university experience.
Students charged the SSAF include:
- International and domestic students enrolled full-time in a course (including cross-institutional and non-award courses) at UOW Wollongong campus. This includes students studying via remote delivery. Full-time students will be charged the fee in two instalments.
- Part-time students and those enrolled at an Australian campus other than the UOW Wollongong campus, are charged 50% of the fee. This is in recognition of their reduced ability to access UOW services and facilities.
If you have any questions about your SSAF payment obligations, please contact Student Central via e-mail at email@example.com or call +61 2 4221 3927.
Who is not charged the SSAF?
To recognise their inability to access UOW services and amenities, certain students are exempt from paying the SSAF. These include:
- students on full-time work experience placements;
- students on outbound study abroad placements;
- students enrolled in a distance course;
- inbound exchange students enrolled in course code 904; and
- inbound visiting research students enrolled in course code 907; and
- students enrolled at overseas campuses or UOW offshore education partners.
How much is charged?
SSAF schedule of fees for 2021
2021 SSAF = $313.00
|Course campus||% of the full fee||Full-time students bi-annual fee||Full-time students total fee for full year||Part-time students bi-annual fee||Part-time students total fee for full year|
|South Western Sydney - Liverpool||50%||$78.25||$156.50||$39.12||$78.25|
|Offshore UOW students||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Note: Students studying via remote delivery in Spring session or Trimester 3 2020 will be charged the fee as per their usual campus of enrolment.
How do I pay or defer the SSAF?
- If you're eligible to pay the SSAF, you'll find it itemised on your fee statement in SOLS.
- If you plan to pay the SSAF upfront, you may use the same payment method you use to pay your other fees (see your fee payment options).
- If you plan to defer the SSAF, you can access an SA-HELP loan. You must set this option in SOLS prior to the fee due date.
International students studying in Australia
- Your SSAF will need to be paid upfront by the 2021 due dates outlined below. You may use the same payment method you use to pay your other fees (see your fee payments options).
When is SSAF due?
The SAF fee is due the date after census date. To find out when the due date is visit the Key dates website.
Will I be able to access financial assistance?
Australian citizens or permanent humanitarian visa holders who are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP will be able to access a loan to cover the Student Services and Amenities Fee under a new SA-HELP scheme.
What can the fee be spent on?
Federal government legislation determines what UOW can spend your fee on:
- providing food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider;
- supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students;
- supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students;
- caring for children of students;
- providing legal services to students;
- promoting the health or welfare of students;
- helping students secure accommodation;
- helping students obtain employment or advice on careers;
- helping students with their financial affairs;
- helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents;
- supporting debating by students;
- providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students;
- supporting an artistic activity by students;
- supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students;
- helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled;
- advising on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules (however described);
- advocating students' interests in matters arising under the higher education provider's rules (however described);
- giving students information to help them in their orientation;
- helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment.
UOW spending priorities based on student feedback
- SSAF fees will be spent on infrastructure, capital or other projects of a one-off nature that deliver ongoing service improvement benefits to students.
- The University believes that funds raised from students at non-Wollongong locations should be re-invested at non-Wollongong locations.
- The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged biannually to students to fund services and facilities which benefit students.
How can I find out more?
Further information about the Student Services and Amenities Fee, including frequently asked questions and access to the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines, is available from the Department of Education.
You can also contact Student Central via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 ASK UOW.