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Student Services Levy

02 October 2023

Each year university students around New سԹare charged a Student Services Levy (SSL) in addition to their tuition fees. Find out about SSL costs and see what the money collected is used for.

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Your money - your benefits

All the SSL money collected can only be used for the benefit of students- never for academic or administrative costs.

UC students are surveyed annuallyto assess priorities and establish if studentswant particular services continued, amended or improved. The results of this survey informs the Student Life and Services Advisory Board (SLAB), who then make recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor on allocations of funds from the levy and for setting the levy for the following year.

TheStudent Life and Services Advisory Board (SLAB) is the primary body for managing the partnership between UC and the سԹ Students Association (UCSA). It includes equal representation from UC staff and the UCSA. It provides a formal forum for UCSA representatives to present the view of the student body to UC about activities wholly or partially funded by the SSL. Students also have representation on the University Council which is responsible for the governance of the University, including oversight of the institution’s policy, degree, financial and capital matters.

The SLABensures the Levy is spent on meeting student needs,andis asked to inform, advise and make recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor on the best physical, financial and service delivery options.

Student Services Levy costs

The SSL is automatically calculated onhow many points youenrol in per academic year, capped at a maximum of 150 points.

POINTS2024 SSL
$9.17 PER POINT
2023 SSL
$8.27 PER POINT
15$137.55$124.05
30$275.10$248.10
45$412.65$372.15
60$550.20$496.20
75$687.75$620.25
90$825.30$744.30
105$962.85$868.35
120$1,100.40$992.40
135$1,237.95$1,116.45
150$1,375.50$1,240.50
165$1,375.50$1,240.50
180$1,375.50$1,240.50

The total amountto pay will show on the invoiceincluded with your Enrolment Agreement. All tuition fees, SSL, and any other costs listed on your invoice need to be paidbefore your enrolment is considered complete. SSL can be paid with Fees Free funding or a Studylink loan if you are eligible.

Reductions and Exemptions

UC acknowledges that distance and extramural studentsdo not have access to the full range of on-campus services funded through the SSLand will therefore be charged SSL at a reduced rate of 20%. This is calculated as$1.834 per academic point in 2024 (or $1.654 per academic pointin 2023) for (D) course occurrences. A number of services are still available to distance and extramural students -find out more aboutUC Support Services.

STAR students, Micro-credentials students, UC staff with a University waiver, and incoming reciprocal exchange students are all exempt from paying SSL.

Canterbury Tertiary Alliance (CTA) staff with an approved CTA form will pay SSL at a rate of 50%. Students with reciprocal waiversmay also be charged SSLat a reduced rate.

Student services currently funded by the SSL

  • Subsidised health services and counselling, including the Health Centre and UCSA Dental
  • Student advocacy andwelfare
  • Careers, internships and employment services
  • RecCentre membership
  • سԹ Students’ Association (UCSA)
  • Student events, including Orientation
  • Māori student development and support
  • Pacifica/Pasifika student development and support
  • Development of student spaces

2024 Budget allocation

$15,836,853

Pie chart showing the budget allocation for SSL in 2024

Breakdown of SSL 2024 Budget Allocation

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SSL Survey Results 2022

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SSL Refund policy

If you completely withdraw from all your courses before theDeadline to add or withdraw courses (with a full refund for withdrawn courses), the SSL is refunded in full.

If you are awarded apartial refund of tuition fees due to exceptional/medical circumstances, the SSL for the relevant course(s) will also be refunded proportionally (automatically).

More information

For more information see theStudent Services Levy Policy,emailenrolmentsupport@canterbury.ac.nzor contact the UCSA President.

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