Frequently Asked Questions

Student Services Levy (SSL)

What is the methodology for calculating the student services levy?
The amount you pay towards the SSL will reflect the number of points you are studying in an academic year. In 2021, the fee will be set at $7.31 per academic point. There is a maximum charge or cap at the equivalent of 150 points in an academic year.

I’m taking more than 150 points this year, how much will I have to pay?

The SSL has been capped at 150 points, therefore you will not pay any more than $1,096.50 no matter how many points above 150 you enrol for in one academic year.

What does the Student Services Levy pay for?

The SSL is a compulsory student fee that tertiary institutions charge to help fund the cost of delivering services and facilities not covered by tuition fees, which support you and enhance your academic experience. These include:

  • Subsidised health services including the Health Centre and UCSA Dental
  • Student support and advocacy services
  • Careers, internships and employment services
  • RecCentre membership (UC is one of only two universities in Aotearoa New Zealand to include RecCentre membership in the SSL)
  • UCSA advocacy and welfare services
  • Student club funding and support
  • Student events, including Orientation
  • Māori student development and support
  • Pasifika student development and support
  • The development of student spaces – for example the Undercroft, Postgrad Living Room, heat and eat facilities.

I don’t use the services funded by the student services levy – why should I pay?
The SSL is not a fee for service, it is a fee for access. There are a number of services funded by the SSL that you can access while studying at UC such as healthcare, counselling, the RecCentre or advocacy support – these services are either fully or partially subsidised.

You are encouraged to make the most of these services, which will support you to achieve your personal and academic goals while studying. Without the SSL, these student services would be prohibitively expensive to access.

How is the Student Services Levy calculated for distance students?
As distance students don’t have access to the full range of on-campus services funded through the SSL, distance students will only pay 20% of the per point rate ($1.46). Distance is defined as enrolments on courses with site codes D (Distance), N (Nelson), R (Rotorua), or Y (New Plymouth). 

Who decides how the SSL money is spent?
Students help decide where the money should be spent. We conduct a regular student survey to gauge priorities and satisfaction with services funded by the SSL. UC and the UCSA work closely together to review all the services and facilities funded by the SSL and to agree on what services are offered and who delivers them. We are conscious that this is your money and that we need to ensure you get value for every dollar.

Where do I go for more information?
For more information about the new points-based SSL system and what it means for you, visit or contact