Student livelihood

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Student livelihood

Financial aid for studies pursued in Finland is available to Finnish citizens and, under certain conditions, to citizens of other countries.

Financial aid is available in the form of:

  • study grant

  • government guarantee for a student loan

  • housing supplement (available only to those who are studying and living abroad or in the Åland islands or are enrolled in a tuition-based programme at a folk high school or sports institute and living in the school dormitory).


The qualifying conditions for student financial aid are:

  • admission to a school

  • full-time study

  • academic progress

  • need of financial assistance


Students can receive general housing allowance on the same terms as all other customers from 1 August 2017.

Path students at the Open University of Applied Sciences cannot receive study grants.

Read more on KELA’s website.