Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF)

The Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF) is an additional levy to your programme or course fees.

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.

What the fee covers

The fee supports the provision of the following student services:

Advocacy and legal advice

Independent and confidential support, advice and advocacy services. This includes providing support and assistance for legal matters, student complaints, student misconducts, disciplinary action, harassment, support for meetings with lecturers about difficulties with courses or attendance, grade appeals, understanding MIT rules and policies.

Careers information, advice and guidance

Careers information, individual CV support and workshops, interview practice, internship preparation and careers counselling are all provided for the students. There is a strong focus to support Māori, Pasifika and those under 25 years old.

Employment information

We have links with employers and are a central point for industry vacancies. The careers and employment team also prepare the students for interviews by offering advice on speaking, clothing and deportment.

Pastoral care

Pastoral care is provided for students and involves support with WINZ and Studylink, accommodation, facilitating meetings with external community or social services providers, absentees, relationship issues, and assistance for students experiencing social, cultural, financial hardship.

Financial support and advice

A student financial assistance fund is available to assist students in overcoming financial barriers that are directly related to and adversely affect their current course of study.

Counselling services

Students have access to friendly, professional counselling services.

Events, clubs and societies, sports, recreation and cultural activities

We support students to organise clubs, find venues, organise events and fund key roles relating to these activities. We organise regular on-campus student events, orientation, cultural and social, recreational activities across our main campuses.

Changes in 2018 

The CSSF for 2018 was set at $174 (GST inclusive) per domestic full-time student and $177 (GST inclusive) per international full-time student. It was proposed that the fee for 2019 increase in line with the anticipated Fee Maxima, which is 2%.

The MIT Executive Leadership Team sought feedback from students through the MIT Student Council in July 2018 on the CSSF Proposal for 2019. The focus of this consultation was the provision of student feedback on the maximum fee that students will pay in 2019, and student priorities for the types of services to be provided (expenditure of revenue from these fees). Further consultation on the delivery and procurement of the fees, and authorization of expenditure, took place post budget setting in September-November 2018.

General information about the 2018 and 2019 CCSF was released to students in August 2018. On release of the proposal, the Student Council and Student Executive Voice engaged with students over a two month period; online and in person. Methods of communication included:

  • Distribution of 1,500 copies of a Student Voice magazine outlining spend and detail
  • An online survey sent to students current and past from 2018
  • Mass emails to ALL current students
  • Kanohi ki te kanohi - Face to Face communications at MIT events
    • 300 Students across Otara North
    • 150 Students across Manukau
    • 50 Students across Otara South

The above engagements and consultation with students in 2018 informed the Student Council’s endorsement of the proposal to increase the CSSF for 2019 from $174 to $300 pro-rata per student. More than 50% of students voted in support of increasing the CSSF. This was endorsed unanimously by the Student Council and MIT Executive Leadership Team. Included with this endorsement were specific recommendations on the types of services students would like to see provided for 2019 under the categories of spend permitted by the Ministerial Directive to enhance the overall student experience and retention outcomes at MIT.

2019 fee

The CSSF for 2019 has been set at $300 (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.
  • The following categories of spend are permitted for providers to provide a fee to support. In 2019, MIT has made changes and additions to the services offered to students to support them to succeed in study and provide services that meet their needs.

If students wish to be involved or provide feedback on how the CSSF is set or used, please contact the Student Voice Coordinator on



Services provided

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 legal advice relating to accommodation.

Student Advocacy services

Student Council and Student Executive Voice

Complaints and complaints resolution process.

Careers information, advice and guidance

Supporting students’ transition into post-study employment.

Careers and Employment Solutions team, including CES online

Career guidance and recruitment services.

Counselling services

Providing non-academic counselling and pastoral care, such as chaplains.

Student Advisors


Counselling service

Culturally specific support through Marae and Pasifika teams.

Employment information

Providing information about employment opportunities for students while they are studying.

Careers and Employment Solutions team

Student Job Search

Financial support and advice

Providing hardship assistance and advice to students on financial issues.

Student hardship fund

Health care support

Provision of limited health care subsidies through MIT’s external partner providers for urgent and emergency care needs

Medical urgent/emergency care fund


Supporting the production and dissemination of information by students to students, including social media and other forms.

Some support through Student Voice.

Childcare services

Providing affordable childcare services while parents are studying.

MIT Children’s Education Centre

Clubs and societies

Supporting student clubs and societies, including through the provision of administrative support and facilities for clubs and societies.

Student initiated, funding provided.

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

Cultural events on campus

2018 fees 

A summary of the 2018 CSSF (from 2018 Annual Report) is here PDF, 99.75 KB