3. How is the SSAF calculated?

Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

For the purposes of the SSAF, the year is divided into two halves:

First half of year Second half of year
Enrolment Period 1 Enrolment Period 2
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching Period 2
  • Teaching Period 3
  • Teaching Period 4
  • Medical Rotation 1
  • Medical Rotation 2
  • Medical Rotation 3
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching Period 5
  • Teaching Period 6
  • Teaching Period 7
  • Medical Rotation 4
  • Medical Rotation 5


For each enrolment period, the SSAF might be charged as a single lump sum, or the SSAF might be split into several smaller payments.

This depends on when your specific courses are taught (i.e. during semesters, teaching periods, or medical rotations).

Example 1

Jack is a full-time psychology student studying on St Lucia campus.

He enrols in 8 units (four courses) for Enrolment Period 1. All of his courses are taught in Semester 1.

His total SSAF for Semester 1 is a single payment of $147 (2017) or $149 (2018).

Example 2

Sarah is a full-time MBA student. She enrols in 6 units (three courses) for Enrolment Period 1.

The courses are taught in:

  • Semester 1 (2 units),
  • Teaching Period 2 (2 units), and
  • Teaching Period 4 (2 units).

Her total SSAF is $147 for 2017, but she pays this amount in two instalments:

  • $110 for Semester 1, and
  • $37 for Teaching Period 4.

The order that you enrol in courses determines how the SSAF is split.

Sarah enrolled in her courses in the following order:

  1. Semester 1 (2 units),
  2. Teaching Period 4 (2 units), and
  3. Teaching Period 2 (2 units)

The fee for a semester is always calculated first and is based on a student's semester enrolment load. This is why Sarah pays the SSAF for Semester 1.

The reason why Sarah pays the remaining SSAF for Teaching Period 4 and not for Teaching Period 2 is because she enrolled in Teaching Period 4 before she enrolled in Teaching Period 2.

Example 3

Daniel is a part-time business student. He enrols in 4 units for Enrolment Period 1.

The courses are taught in:

  • Teaching Period 2 (2 units), and
  • Teaching Period 3 (2 units).

His total SSAF is $110 for 2017, but he pays this amount in two instalments:

  • $55 for Teaching Period 2, and
  • $55 for Teaching Period 3.

If Daniel were to drop the course taught in Teaching Period 2 before Census Date, he would be charged the entire part-time rate ($110) for Teaching Period 3.

Phase 2 medical students

For each enrolment period in 2017, your fees will be distributed as follows:

  • $110 for the semester, and
  • $37 for a medical rotation.

If you aren't enrolled in a semester course, your fees will be distributed as follows:

  • $110 for one medical rotation, and
  • $37 for a remaining medical rotation.

For each enrolment period in 2018, your fees will be distributed as follows:

  • $111 for the semester, and
  • $38 for a medical rotation.

If you aren't enrolled in a semester course, your fees will be distributed as follows:

  • $111 for one medical rotation, and
  • $38 for a remaining medical rotation.

Students concurrently enrolled in coursework and HDR programs

If you're concurrently enrolled in a coursework program and an HDR program, you will be charged separately for each research quarter and enrolment period until the maximum annual SSAF charge is reached.

The maximum annual SSAF charge is $294 for 2017 and $298 for 2018.

Example 1

Second-year medical student also enrolled part time in a PhD

  Research Quarter 1 Semester 1 Research Quarter 2 Research Quarter 3 Semester 2 Research Quarter 4
  2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018
SSAF charge $55 $55 $147 $149 $55 $55 $37 $39 $0 $0 $0 $0
Annual total $55 $55 $202 $204 $257 $259 $294**  $298** $294 $298

$294

$298

** Maximum annual SSAF charge reached.

Example 2

Fourth-year medical student also enrolled part time in a PhD

  Research Quarter 1 Medical Rotation 1 Medical Rotation 2 Research Quarter 2 Medical Rotation 3 Research Quarter 3 Medical Rotation 4 Semester 2 Medical Rotation 5 Research Quarter 4
  2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018
SSAF charge              $55 $55 $110 $111 $37 $38 $55 $55 $0 $0 $37 $39 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Annual total $55 $55 $165 $166 $202 $204 $257 $259 $257 $259 $294** $298** $294 $298 $294 $298 $294 $298 $294 $298
** Maximum annual SSAF charge reached.