Student Services Levy

The Student Services Levy (SSL) is a compulsory fee which provides a range of services to our students. Certain services are eligible to be funded through the levy as directed by the Ministry of Education. Each year, the levy is reviewed and allocated as required. Students form part of the decision making process through the University’s Student Services Governance Committee (SSGC).

The SSGC is comprised of four members from the University including Vice-Chancellor, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Student Services, and four from Waikato Students’ Union (WSU) including the President, both Vice-President’s and the General Manager.

Areas that the SSL may provide service provision are:

  • Advocacy and Legal
  • 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.

  • Careers information, advice and guidance
  • Supporting students’ transition into post-study employment.

  • Counselling services
  • Providing non-academic counselling and pastoral care, such as chaplains

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

  • Financial support and advice
  • Providing hardship assistance and advice to students on financial issues.

  • Health services
  • Providing health care and related welfare services.

  • Media
  • Supporting the production and dissemination of information by students to students, including newspapers, radio, television and internet-based media.

  • Childcare services
  • Providing affordable childcare services while parents are studying.

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

  • Sports, recreation and cultural activities
  • Providing sports, recreation and cultural activities for students.

2018 Levy Report

In 2018, WSU conducted a broad student consultation process to review the levy allocations and potential new services.

It was found that students were satisfied with the services that were available in 2018, however, they indicated they would be happy to pay a higher levy for additional and enhanced services in specific areas.

In addition to enhancing the current range of services, services introduced in 2019 include:

  • Violence Prevention Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Tauranga Campus Nurse
  • Wellbeing Hub
  • eSports Arena and Club
  • Outdoor Play Area

2020 Levy allocations

 Hamilton, Tauranga and 'block course' studentsOnline (NET and distance students
Full year$734$269
One trimester (up to 26 weeks)$470$172
Teaching period less than 7 weeks$181N/A