Compulsory Student Services Fee

The Compulsory Student Services Fee (or Student Services Levy) contributes to funding student services, buildings and other facilities that students use. AUT invoices students for the fee at the same time as we invoice students for their tuition fees.

Not all students are required to pay the fee. Distance learning and exchange students are exempt from the Student Services Fee because they don't use the campus services and facilities. Distance learning means that the teaching department have confirmed that no portion of the paper is taught on an AUT campus.

Other students who wish to apply for an exemption to the fee may apply in writing to the Group Director Student Services and Administration at

2020 Compulsory Student Services Fee

The fee is made up of:

  • 2020 Compulsory Student Services Fee - $760.00 for 120 points or $6.33 per academic point (GST included)
    Covers provision or subsidy of various services that students access.
  • 2020 Building Levy - $76.00 for 120 points or $0.63 per academic point (GST included)
    Covers maintenance and development of student facilities and buildings.

How AUT uses the Compulsory Student Services Fee

AUT has consulted with students on the Compulsory Student Services Fee. AUT has a formal partnership with AUTSA (the student body) through the Student Advisory Committee, which provides oversight and guidance on the allocation of the Compulsory Student Services Fee. The membership of this committee consists of equal numbers of representatives from AUT and AUTSA. The committee is responsible for ensuring the best value for students and promoting student engagement with learning and with AUT.

AUTSA is responsible for student representation on the Student Advisory Committee. Should you wish to be involved or provide feedback on how the Compulsory Student Services Fee is set or used, email

As well as contributing to the financial cost of university services, AUT contracts and funds services delivered by AUTSA.

How the Compulsory Student Services Fee was used (2018)

 Compulsory Student Services FeeOtherTotal RevenueTotal ExpensesSurplus (deficit)
Advocacy & legal advice 342 - 342 353 (11)
Clubs and Society 129 - 129139 (10)
Media 297 - 297 308 (11)
Employment information 17 - 15 15 2
Sports, recreation and cultural services 375 - 375 388 (13)
Total AUTSA Service Level Agreement1,160-1,1601,203(43)
Careers advice and guidance 1,1702 1,172 1,188 (16)
Counselling and pastoral care 5,151 509 5,660 5,732 (72)
Financial support and advice 430 - 430 436 (6)
Health services777741 1,518 1,528 (10)
Childcare services 255 738 993 996 (3)
Sports, recreation and cultural services 1,485 1,212 2,697 2,718 (21)
Total AUT Student Services9,2683,20212,47012,598(128)

Advocacy and legal advice

AUTSA provides AUT students with independent and confidential support, advice and advocacy services. This includes assistance for legal matters, disciplinary action, harassment, complaints, employment and tenant rights, grade appeals, and general information and translation of AUT rules and policies.

Careers advice and guidance

AUT offers career counselling, career development services and job search support to prospective and current AUT students and alumni. AUT’s career specialists provide advice and support clients to make informed decisions about their career path and study programme, and to improve their employability.

Clubs and societies

AUTSA offers a range of student-run social, sustainability, academic and cultural clubs through which students can meet new people, participate in events, and get involved in campus life.

Childcare services

AUT hosts two childcare facilities – one at AUT City Campus (run by AUT) and an independently-run crèche at North Campus. Both centres provide excellent facilities and services, including school holiday programmes. Health, Counselling and Wellbeing also provide comfortable and private rooms for breastfeeding at all three main campuses.

Counselling and pastoral care

AUT has a range of pastoral and counselling services to facilitate our diverse students’ integration into university life and provide on-going personal, spiritual, psychological and emotional support. AUT offers specialised services to students with an impairment or disability, or who are Māori, Pacific, Chinese, International, Rainbow, or elite athletes.

AUT also operates a comprehensive orientation and transition programme, and an early intervention service to promote the success and retention of our students.

Employment information

AUTSA provides students with employment information and funding for Student Job Search (SJS). SJS is an employment agency targeted at finding employment for students.

Financial support and advice

AUT offers students information and advice to help manage their money, including assistance with StudyLink issues, budgeting, and banking. In addition, the University provides Justice of the Peace services and emergency financial assistance for students experiencing extreme financial hardship.

Health services

The health centres at City and North Campuses offer integrated general practice medical, nursing, counselling, spiritual and wellbeing services to support students’ overall health and wellbeing. The Centres are part of the Auckland primary health organisation. Routine consultations are free for domestic students who register with one of the centres as their primary health care organisation.

For students based at South Campus, AUT offers a nurse and counselling service, as well as access to funded doctor consultations with four local medical practitioners.


AUTSA supports the production and dissemination of information by students for students through Debate magazine and online media.

Sport, recreation and cultural services

AUT delivers a range of recreational and competitive sport events and activities. Each campus has a fitness centre offering quality fitness equipment, group classes and personalised exercise programmes, and access to sport and exercise services.

The University also offers a wide range of cultural events and diversity-related activities to promote diversity and inclusion on campus, as well as to support student engagement.

Have a say on the Compulsory Student Services Fee and how it is used

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