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Quick guide for conscripts
Those performing their conscript or alternative non-military service as well as women performing voluntary military service, along with their family members, may be entitled to a conscript's allowance from Kela. The following checklist presents in chronological order the key points relating to the assistance available from Kela.
Before entering service
Under the conscript's allowance scheme, Kela can provide housing assistance to those who are in active service as well as pay the interest due on their student loans.
Family members may qualify for four types of financial assistance from Kela (basic, housing, special and maintenance assistance).
Further, Kela can pay conscript's allowance to those who are in the basic training stage of alternative non-military service.
Applying for conscript's allowance
Applications for conscript’s allowance cannot be made retroactively. You can submit an application for conscript’s allowance one month before entering military service.
The intended recipient of the allowance must apply for it personally. A family member of a person who is about to enter service cannot apply on that person's behalf, or vice versa.
If a conscript has a family member entitled to conscript’s allowance, the conscript cannot receive housing assistance for conscripts.Apply now Read more
Housing assistance for those in active service
If you enter service and apply for housing assistance you will have to have lived independently for at least three months before entering service in order to qualify for the assistance.
Payment of financial aid is stopped
Payment of the study grant and the housing supplement are stopped when you enter service.
The amount of general housing allowance is reviewed
If a person entering service is being paid general housing allowance, Kela will review its amount. Kela does not carry out the review automatically but waits for the customer to declare a change in income.
If your income changes, ask that the general housing allowance is reviewed
Payment of the general housing allowance continues during the service. However, you must tell Kela if there is a change in the amount of income you receive.Read more
The family members (e.g., married spouse or child) of a person in active service can get basic assistance for daily expenses that they cannot meet otherwise.Read more
Persons in active service, along with their family members (e.g., married spouse or child), may be able to get housing assistance for such expenses as rent, maintenance fee or water charges.Read more
Apply for assistance with housing costs
If you have applied for housing assistance for rent or maintenance fees, you can also apply for housing assistance for other housing costs such as electricity bills that become due while you are performing your service. Applications for housing assistance for other housing costs must be made at the latest during the last month of military service.
Please note that it is not possible to receive conscript’s allowance for home insurance or security deposits, but that you can, if necessary, apply for social assistance for these expenses.Apply now Read more
The spouse and children of a person performing their service may be able to get special assistance for expenses related to health care or child care (such as buying an infant car seat) if they cannot afford them otherwise.Read more
Interest payments on student loans
During the period of active service, Kela can pay the interest due on a student loan taken out by the person performing their service or their family member (e.g. married spouse).Read more
Apply for assistance with student loan interest payments if you have not received financial aid for students
The interest due on student loans is added to the loan principal if you have been granted for financial aid for the current or previous academic term. If this is not the case, you can apply for conscript's allowance to help you pay the interest.Apply now Read more
If a person in active service is liable to pay maintenance for a minor child but cannot afford to do so, Kela will pay the child maintenance assistance for the duration of the service.Read more
Child maintenance allowance takes precedence
Children for whom Kela pays child maintenance allowance cannot get maintenance assistance under the conscript's allowance scheme.
Interruption of service
If service is interrupted, your right to conscript's allowance ends. Tell Kela of the interruption. You may be eligible for some other benefit payments from Kela.
Payment of conscript's allowance ends when you complete your service
Kela pays conscript's allowance up to the end of the month in which the period of service ends.
Back to civilian life
Do you have a job lined up or will you go back to school? Any social security benefits you may have received before the service (such as financial aid for students) are not resumed automatically. Remember to claim any benefits due to you. If you do not have a job or a place in education, contact the Employment and Economic Development (TE) Office.