Compulsory Student Services Fee

Find out more about the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF), sometimes called the Student Levy or Student Services Levy.

What is the Compulsory Student Services Fee?

The Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF) is the fee paid by an enrolled student for student support services provided by the University. 

How much is charged?

The fee is $6.78 per point. On average that is $813 per year for a typical undergraduate taking eight papers in a year.

Both international and domestic students pay the same amount. Postgraduates are charged the same fee per point as undergraduate students.

How is the fee determined?

The fee is set by Council each year in October. Council receives recommendations via the Finance Committee which in turn receives recommendations from the Student Consultative Group. 

What services does the CSSF fund?

Each year, the University of Auckland collects approximately $20 million in student levies. The Education Amendment Act (2011) gives the Tertiary Education Minister the power to issue directions to Universities on the categories of services that Universities can use the compulsory student levy to fund.

Those categories are currently:

  • Advocacy and legal advice
  • Careers information, advice and guidance
  • Counselling services and pastoral care
  • Employment information
  • Financial support and advice
  • Health services
  • Media
  • Childcare services
  • Clubs and societies
  • Sports, recreation and cultural activities

How was the CSSF spent in 2016?

The consultation document below outlines in detail what was funded in 2016 and the rationale behind the decisions.