If you haven’t noticed the $131.50 on your student fee transcript for Semester 1, it’s probably time to go take a look. This is the new Students Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) implemented at all universities and it is applicable to all CSP students. While full-fee paying students aren’t charged the SSAF, please bear with me – you’ll see how this affects you too.
We’ll start with a very brief outline of the SSAF:
The Good -
- The funds will be used to improve non-academic facilities for the use of all students on Kensington campus
- The fee is able to be deferred to HECS-HELP as it is not a union fee.
The Not-So-Good -
- As med-students, we don’t get the benefits as outlined in the existing policy because we spend increasingly less time on Kensington campus and more time at various Clinical Schools
- At this point in time, we are still accountable for the SSAF in full which is invoiced every semester.
MedSoc has identified a few mutually beneficial arrangements which we are in the process of advocating to the Vice Chancellor of UNSW, but we need YOUR help to prove we have the backing of the majority in order to make a convincing case.
These arrangements include:
- A proportionate reduction in the SSAF we are accountable for OR,
- Some of the funding generated by the SSAF being redirected to the improvement of Clinical Schools
If you believe this should happen, please find the time to fill in the survey by following the link provided below and spread the word!
For more information about the SSAF, please visit: