Student Services Fee

Compulsory Student Service Fees (CSSF) Information for Students


What is the Student Services Levy?

It is a compulsory non-tuition fee that is charged to students enrolled at Carey. The levy was first introduced in 2013 to contribute to the provision of quality student services that support learning. The funds received by Carey from the levy are ring-fenced, meaning they can only be spent on Student Services.


How much is the levy in 2017?

$280 per year for a student enrolled in a full time programme on campus. $35 per course for a student enrolled in a part time programme on campus. There is no charge for distance students.


Can I borrow the levy on my Student Loan?

Yes, because it is a compulsory levy.


Is the levy refundable within the tuition fee refund period?

If you completely withdraw from all courses within the full tuition fee refund period the Student Services Levy will be refunded in full.


Is there an option to opt out of the student services levy?

No. The Student Services Levy is a compulsory fee. It is not related to membership of the Carey Student Association.


Can students still join Carey Student Association?

Students are given an option to join the Carey Student Association when they enrol.


What does the levy cover?

The Student Services Levy helps to fund services that are not covered by tuition fees, such as counselling (including chaplaincy services), health services, financial support and advice, career guidance, student advocacy, sport, recreation and cultural events, and student representation.


What if I don’t need all of the services funded through this levy?

The services provided have been determined upon the overall needs for the student community. Even if a particular student does not use all of the services available, they are liable to pay the levy to support the provision of these services.


How does Carey know that students need all of these services?

To ensure the money is spent on services valued by students, the Carey Student Association is consulted through the President.


How do students give Carey feedback on the Services?

Students give feedback in formal evaluations of services (eg student experience surveys, course and programme surveys), through student representatives on the Academic Committee and Carey Board, through social media such as Facebook, and through direct feedback to Carey staff.


Will students still have input into the way their money is being spent?

Carey is committed to ensuring that students still have a say in how their money is spent, and we will work in partnership with the Carey Student Association through its President, to ensure consultation occurs.


Where do I find out more about the Levy?

If you have any questions about this, please contact Chris Berry, Executive Director, [email protected].