Higher education providers can charge students this fee for non-academic services and amenities to support you through university. This includes such things as sport and recreation, student clubs, health and wellbeing, and employment and career advice.
We're spending every dollar of the SSAF 20% allocation on new and improved services and amenities that student life and experience across all campuses.
The SSAF Advisory Group was formed in April 2012 to consider submission of each Campus Service Council for potential facilities and service improvements to be funded from the 20% of SSAF that is directly beneficial to students. The SSAF Advisory Group is chaired by the PVC Major Campuses and Student Engagement and comprises student and staff members. The Group makes recommendations on priority projects, ensures the projects are compliant with the legislation and provides elected student representation in the allocation of the SSAF within Council approved principles.
The amount you pay depends on your fee type, study load, and whether you're studying on or off-campus. The maximum amount charged for 2018 is $298.
Calculate your SSAF for 2018
Use the calculator at the bottom of the page to get an estimate of how much you'll be charged. Please note that this is an estimate only, based on the information you provide. If you change your enrolment during the year, this may affect the SSAF amount charged.
If you are charged the fee, we'll send you a statement with the exact amount.
We send you a statement not long after you start your first semester or teaching period. This will be separate to your course fee statement. Once you receive a copy by email, it will also be available in the Web Enrolment System (WES).
Upfront payment is your only option if you're not an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder (resident in Australia) or a New Zealand special category visa holder who meets all the eligibility criteria.
If you're an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder (resident in Australia) or a New Zealand special category visa holder who meets all the eligibility criteria, you may choose to pay the entire fee upfront, or:
pay some of it upfront and get an SA-HELP loan for the remainder
get a SA-HELP loan for the full amount.
Like HECS-HELP for your course fees, SA-HELP allows you to defer payment of the SSAF through a government loan. SA-HELP is not automatic - you need to apply for it.
You only need to apply for SA-HELP once for each course. If you change your course or change universities, you need to reapply for SA-HELP.
To be eligible for SA-HELP, you must meet all of the following conditions:
be an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa-holder (resident in Australia) or a New Zealand special category visa holder who meets all the eligibility criteria
be enrolled in an award course
provide Monash with your Tax File Number (TFN) or a Certificate of Application for a TFN
and submit a Request for SA-HELP Assistance (in the Web Enrolment System) by the due date.
Don't have a Tax File Number?
If you don't have a Tax File Number, you can apply for one. Do this as soon as possible:
update your payment method in the SA-HELP section.
Deadlines apply, so provide Monash with your TFN or proof of application before your SSAF payment due date so your Monash account won't be blocked for late payment.
Even if you defer payment using SA-HELP, you can still make partial or full payments before the debt is transferred to the tax office. This allows you to reduce or remove the debt. The debt transfer happens on 31 December and is referred to as the incurred date.