Student Services Levy FAQs

What the Student Services Levy is, what it pays for, and how much your contribution is.

How much is the levy?

In 2016, the Student Services Levy (SSL) for Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) students is $718 for an internal student studying 25 points or more.

What services are included in the levy?

The SSL is used to fund services for students that are not covered by tuition fees, such as counselling, health services, financial support and advice and careers guidance, student advocacy, student publications and student representation.

The services funded by the SSL are:

a. Advocacy and legal advice

  • Independent student advocacy and legal advice services
  • Student accommodation advocacy and advice
  • Student representation structure support
  • Student consultation

b. Careers information, advice and guidance

  • Career development information and advice

c. Counselling and pastoral care

d. Employment information

  • Employment information and advice
  • Stakeholder management and information events

e. Financial support and advice

  • Assistance and advice to students on financial issues

f. Health services

  • Medical Centre services
  • Disability services

g. Media

  • Supporting the production and dissemination of information by students to students
  • Includes Salient and Victoria Broadcasting Club

h. Childcare services

  • Early childhood services (student crèches)

i. Clubs and societies

  • Clubs and societies’ administrative, training and funding support
  • Providing facilities for clubs and societies
  • Rep group funding and support

j. Sports, recreation and cultural activities

  • Delivery of sport, recreation and cultural activities
  • Funding for activities
  • Activity venues including Recreation Centres, Hub Central Building, Student Union Building, student common rooms, Boyd Wilson Field, Gymnasium and Clubrooms and other student meeting rooms

Can I borrow the levy on the Student Loan?

Yes, because it is a compulsory levy.

Do all students (full-time and part-time) pay the Levy?


Do distance students pay the Levy?

Distance learners pay a discounted rate of $359 in 2016.

What about students who are only enrolled in the third trimester?

Students enrolled in the third trimester only will be able to claim a two-thirds refund.

What about students who are only enrolled in the first trimester?

Students enrolled in the first trimester are eligible to access the services listed below for the entire academic year (ie. February to February).

Will I receive a refund for the Levy if I withdraw from study?

If you withdraw from university within the first two weeks of the first term you will get a fees refund and a refund on the Student Services Levy.

Does the student association still have a role in providing services?

VUWSA hs been contracted to provide some services for the University (including student advocacy, student representation and student media). These are funded from the SSL. VUWSA will provide them to all students, whether the students are members of VUWSA or not.

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

The University is committed to ensuring that students still have a say in how their money is spent, and we will work in partnership with student groups, including VUWSA, PGSA, Pasifika Students Council and Ngai Tauira, to ensure consultation occurs. Students may be interested in the report below that provides details of services provided by the levy and the related expenditure for 2014. This information is intended to provide context for an understanding of the levy utilisation.

Download the Student Services Levy Report for more information.

Do you have any more questions?

If you have any questions about this, email