Student Services Fee
SPCNM charge a Student Services Fee (SSF) of $25 per course for all students.
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC – our funding agency) have strict criteria about the use of the SSF, our ongoing consultation with students and our reporting on the use of the funds.
We use SSF to fund the following services:
- External counselling via referral from our pastoral care team
- Health services for students via Paua Clinic
- Employment and careers information (covered in our Expo and careers day)
- Recreation and cultural activities (including social events and immersion days)
All students will receive a detailed report each year specifying how the funds have been used. Students will then be able to provide feedback and participate planning such as setting the fees amount and how the funds will be allocated in the future.
This report will also be provided to TEC.
- The Student Council play a pivotal role in decision-making around the student services fee (SSF). Firstly, in setting the amount at $25 per course, which was deemed to be reasonable for the extra services that the College provides. This proposed fee was benchmarked against other tertiary organisations.
- The College proposed use of the SSF for student visits to the College’s Paua Clinic; to provide external counselling services for students when required; and for extracurricular activities and social events, which were all approved by the Student Council.
- The decision to introduce the SSF in 2023 was initially proposed to the Student Council via email and followed up at the following meeting.
- Going forward, consultation will normally occur annually at the Term 4 meeting with a view to planning for the following year’s activities. To contribute to this important decision, students can communicate their ideas to their Student Council representative, attend the Student Council meeting or join the Council.
- Students are also welcome to discuss their ideas about the use of the SSF with Chief Executive, Robyn Carruthers.