Study grant

If you are under 17 years of age and eligible for child benefit, you cannot get a study grant because child benefit is being paid for you. However, you may be able to get a government guarantee for a student loan and a housing allowance. When you reach the age of 17, you can be paid a study grant from the beginning of the calendar month following your birthday.

 

Amount as from 1 August 2017

The amount of the study grant depends on

  • what type of school you attend
  • your age
  • whether you live independently or with your parents
  • whether you are married
  • whether you have children.

In certain situations, also your parents' income may affect the amount of your study grant.

The study grant does not count as income for purpose of the financial aid income check.

Students in secondary education

Students Amount of study grant, EUR per month Is the study grant affected by parental income?
Study grant (before taxes) for students in secondary education
Married or has dependants 250.28 no
Lives alone, aged 20 or over 250.28 no
Lives alone, aged 18-19 250.28 may reduce the study grant: EUR 0.00-250.28 per month
Lives alone, aged 17 101.74 may increase or reduce the study grant: EUR 0.00-203.48 per month
Lives with his/her parent, aged 20 or over 81.39 may increase the study grant: EUR 81.39-183.13 per month
Lives with his/her parent, aged 17-19 38.66 may increase or reduce the study grant: EUR 0.00-97.67 per month

You qualify for an age-based increase to your study grant from the beginning of the month in which you reach a specific age.

Parental income may reduce or increase your study grant or prevent it from being paid altogether. More information on the effect of parental income on the study grant.

Students in higher education

Students

Amount of study grant, EUR per month

Is the study grant affected by parental income?

Amount of study grant (before taxes) for students in higher education

Married or has dependants

250.28

no

Lives alone, aged 18 or over

250.28

no

Lives alone, aged 17

101.74

may increase the study grant: EUR 101.74−203.48 per month

Lives with his/her parent, aged 20 or over

81.39

may increase the study grant: EUR 81.39−183.13 per month

Lives with his/her parent, aged 17-19

38.66

may increase the study grant: EUR 38.66−97.67 per month

You qualify for an age-based increase to your study grant from the beginning of the month in which you reach a specific age.

The smallest study grants for higher education students can only be increased by parental income. More information on the effect of parental income on the study grant.

Exceptions

The amount of your study grant is the same as for students living with their parents if

  • you live in a home owned by or rented from your parent and
  • your home is part of the same property as your parent's permanent residence. The same property means for example the same housing corporation or lot.
If you attend the National Defence University or the Border and Coast Guard Academy (basic course for border guards), your school pays you a daily allowance. You cannot get financial aid at the same time. However, you can get a government loan guarantee for a student loan. You can be paid general housing allowance if you are unable to live in a school dormitory for a specific reason.

Payment date

Kela deposits the study grant into your bank account on the 4th day of the month or on the immediately following business day. For example, if the 4th is a Saturday, the study grant will be deposited on the following Monday.

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Last modified 19/06/2017
Updated 22/04/2016