- Who pays the SSAF?
- Calculating your SSAF
- Historical SSAF charges
- Deferring your payment with SA-HELP
- Payment dates
- Payment options
- Refund policy
Who pays the SSAF?
SSAF is payable by all students enrolled from Study Period 5 2012 onwards, only those identified below are exempt from paying the fee.
Please use the table below to determine if you will pay SSAF, what courses are SSAF-applicable, and whether you are eligible to defer your payment or required to pay up front.
|Charged SSAF for internal courses||Charged SSAF for external courses||Eligible to defer payment through SA-HELP|
|Australian citizen, or permanent humanitarian visa holder resident in Australia|
|New Zealand citizen or permanent resident residing in Australia|
|Yes, from Study Period 2 2014||No||No|
All other enrolment types
|International students commencing from 2014 will have the SSAF included in their program fee.||No|
All enrolment types
Calculating your SSAF
In 2014, all UniSA SSAF-applicable courses are charged at $7.81 per unit, up to the maximum of $281. This is based on the Equivalent Full Time Student Load1 of 36 units per year, which comes to the maximum fee of $281.
SSAF is calculated for each study period you have course enrolments in, and needs to be paid in that study period. The amount is calculated based on the unit value of the SSAF-applicable course(s) you are enrolled in for the study period. To check if your courses are SSAF-applicable, please see Who pays the SSAF. In 2014, the fee is capped at $281 including GST (if applicable) per student. This figure will be indexed each year using the Higher Education Grants Index.
To calculate your SSAF, add up the unit value for all of your SSAF-applicable courses for the study period, and multiply it by 7.81.
If you are enrolled in 4 SSAF-applicable courses for Study Period 2 2014, and each course has a unit value of 4.5, your fee would be calculated as:
Step 1 - add up the unit value of all applicable courses
for the study period
4.5 + 4.5 + 4.5 + 4.5 = 18 units
Step 2 - multiply the total unit value by 7.81
18 x 7.81= $148.58 fee for Study Period 2 2014
If you need assistance calculating your SSAF, please contact Campus Central. Please note that your SSAF amount will be calculated by the University and will appear on your invoice with your other fees and charges.
|Year||Fee Per Unit||Fee per 4.5 unit course||Maximum yearly charge|
Deferring your payment with SA-HELP
Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders who are enrolled in an award program will be eligible to apply to defer the payment through the new Student and Amenities Higher Education Loan Program (SA-HELP). The loan is repaid through the taxation system, similar to HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP.
Permanent residents and New Zealand citizens are not eligible for SA-HELP and are required to pay their SSAF in full by the due date.
If you are eligible to apply for SA-HELP, you can fill in a Request for SA-HELP assistance form either electronically, via the SSAF CAF in your myEnrolment checklist, or via hard copy, which you can attain from Campus Central. You must complete and sign a Request for SA-HELP assistance form before the Study Period census date to be eligible to defer payment of the Fee for that period. To find the census date of each study period, please see the Academic Year Calendar. Completion of the form requires your Tax File Number (TFN) and the Fee cannot be deferred without it.
SSAF is calculated for each study period you have course enrolments in, and needs to be paid in that study period. The due date for payment of the SSAF is the study period census date. To find census dates for each study period, please see the Academic Year Calendar.
If you are eligible and wish to defer your payment with SA-HELP, you must complete and sign a Request for SA-HELP assistance form before the census date to defer payment of the fee for that period.
Campus Central does not accept payments for SSAF.
Your SSAF amount will be included on your invoice with your other fees. Instructions on how and where to pay your fees can be found on the bottom of the invoice.
For details on each of the payment options, select the icons below.
After the payment due date (census date) of each study period, no refunds will be offered for SSAF. There is no capacity under HESA (Higher Education Support Act 2003) for a provider to remit a SA-HELP debt incurred by a student, therefore any SA-HELP debt incurred at the census date will remain.
1The EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Student Load) value is a measure of the study load for a course, as a measure of the total required study load for a full year in undertaking your program on a full-time basis.