What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and how do I pay it?

The SSAF is a compulsory fee to cover non-academic support services such as:

  • advocacy
  • counselling
  • legal services
  • careers advice
  • financial advice
  • independent student representation.

The fee amount is different depending on whether you are a full-time or part-time student. It can’t be refunded after census date if you withdraw from a subject or course.

In the below video, La Trobe students break down the kinds of on-campus activities SSAF can be used for, in addition to the support available to students.

Where does your SSAF money go?

How do I pay my SSAF?

You can pay the fee upfront via the Finances tab in StudentOnLine. Or, if you are an Australian citizens or a Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you can defer the fee to SA-HELP, similar to HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP.

View the SAFF payment website for more information.

How can you make the most of SSAF-funded activities and services?

Connect with your campus’ student union or association and attend their online activities and support services throughout the year. Get to know their free legal, financial advice and advocacy services – they’re there for you to use.

Access La Trobe’s Student Wellbeing support services such as counselling.

Improve your employability and learn how you can get a head-start on your career with the University’s Career Ready services. They’re super practical and will help you with everything from reviewing your resume to helping you gain a Work Integrated Learning placement.

Learn more about your SSAF here. It’s your money, so we encourage you to have your say on how it’s used.