Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF)
The Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF) is an additional levy to your programme or course fees.
The Education Act 1989 was amended in 2011 to allow the Minister of Education to issue directions in relation to compulsory student service fees. The purpose of these changes was to ensure transparency in setting the fees and accountability for their use.
1) What is the Ministerial Direction?
- Tertiary education organisations (TEOs) can charge a compulsory student service fee to help fund the costs of delivering student services such as health care and recreational activities.
- How these fees are set and used are informed and regulated by Ministerial Direction that the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment introduced to improve transparency in setting the fees and accountability for their use.
- All Tertiary education organisations that charge a compulsory student service fee must comply with the provisions of the Ministerial Direction.
- The Ministry of Education regularly reviews the compulsory student service fees framework to make sure it is fit for purpose
The Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF) at MIT is an additional levy to MIT domestic and international students’ programme fees. The CSSF funds key services for students to assist their success, retention and overall wellbeing while studying at MIT. All students, except distance and exchange students, must pay the fee and can borrow the amount against their student loan.
2) What the fee covers
By Ministerial Directive the CSSF can only be spent on specific permitted categories of spend. The following categories of spend are permitted for providers to provide a fee to support.
- Advocacy and Legal Advice
- Careers information, advice and guidance
- Counselling services
- Employment information
- Financial support and advice
- Health services
- Childcare services
- Clubs and societies
- Sports, recreation and cultural activities
The fee funds key services for students to assist their success, retention and overall wellbeing while studying at MIT. All students, except distance and exchange students, must pay the fee and can borrow the amount against their student loan.
3) CSSF 2019 Fee
- Following student consultation in 2018, the CSSF for 2019 was set at $300 (GST exclusive) per domestic and international full-time student. There was a 2% increase in 2020 which set a new fee of $306 (GST exclusive) per domestic and international full-time student.
- The fee will be less for students studying part-time.
- All students, except distance and exchange students, must pay the Fee and can borrow the amount against their student loan, alternatively if eligible this fee is covered under the fees free policy.
4) Student Consultation in 2019
Consultation meetings were held with Student Council in 2019 to seek feedback, recommendations and endorsement on how the CSSF could be spent and allocated across various services. The following services were endorsed by the Student Council for delivery in 2019 under the permitted CSSF categories of spend.
Advocacy and Legal Advice
Advocating on behalf of individual students and groups of students, and providing independent support to resolve problems. This includes advocacy and referral support to specialist services.
Student Advocacy services
Student Council and Student Representation services and activities
Complaints support and complaints resolution process
Careers information, advice and guidance
Supporting students’ transition into post-study employment.
Career guidance services.
Providing non-academic counselling and pastoral care, such as chaplains.
Counselling service (Mental health and wellbeing support)
Student Advisors (Pastoral Care)
Chaplains (Spiritual advice/support)
Providing information about employment opportunities for students while they are studying.
Careers and Employment Solutions team
Career planning resources
Financial support and advice
Providing hardship assistance and advice to students on financial issues.
Student Advisors (Pastoral Care & Wellbeing advice)
Health care support
Provision of limited health care subsidies through MIT’s external partner providers for urgent and emergency care needs
Student emergency fund for urgent or immediate medical care (i.e. doctors fee or ambulance)
Media and communications
Supporting the production and dissemination of information by students to students, including social media and other forms.
Student Life team services, resources and media engagement platforms
Providing affordable childcare services while parents are studying.
MIT Children’s Education Centre (helping to reduce or waive fees for students
Clubs and societies
Supporting student clubs and societies, including through the provision of administrative support and facilities for clubs and societies.
Sponsorship fund for registered student clubs/groups (i.e. conferences, activities)
Sports, recreation and cultural activities
Providing sports, recreation and cultural activities for students.
Pōwhiri and Whanāu events
Campus experience and transition events such as Orientation
Wellbeing events on campus
Cultural events on campus