When are benefits deposited to your account?
As soon as your application has been determined, you will receive a letter of decision from Kela. The letter will tell you the payment date and the periods for which benefit is paid. Payment dates vary by benefit.
If you are entitled to backdated benefit, it will be paid to you before the first scheduled payment date. Any backdated benefit will normally be deposited to your account within two banking days of the date on which the decision was given.
The general payment dates for Kela benefits are listed below. You can easily check the following payment dates for the benefits also on the front page of the online customer service. Log in using your online banking codes or a mobile certificate.
You may also call the automated phone service at 020 634 0210 to find out the payment dates of child benefits, child day care subsidies, pensions and disability benefits, housing benefits, financial aid for students and conscripts' allowances. The service is open 24 hours every day.
General Housing Allowance
Deposited to your account on the 1st working day of each month.
Pensioners' Housing Allowance
Paid on the 4th of each month or, if banks are closed, on the preceding banking day.
Pensions and disability benefits
National pensions, pensioners' care allowance, disability allowances are paid on the 7th day of each month. Guarantee pension is paid on the 22nd of each month and pension assistance is paid on the 4th day of each month. Survivors' pensions and child increases are paid out on the 4th, 14th or 20th of the month, depending on the first letter of the recipient's surname.
If banks are closed on the payment date, the benefits are paid on the nearest preceding banking day.
Maternity, Paternity and Parental Allowances
Paid in arrears every 25 days. The first payment is for 30 days. The Paternity Allowance is paid in arrears for one or several paternity leave periods at a time.
Paid on the 26th of each month or, if banks are closed, on the nearest following banking day.
Child Maintenance Allowance
Paid on the 10th of each month. Child support payments recovered from the liable person are paid on the 25th. If the scheduled payment date falls on a holiday or a Saturday, the child support and the Child Maintenance Allowance will be paid on the nearest preceding banking day.
Child Home Care Allowance
Paid monthly in arrears on the last working day of the month.
Study Grant and Housing Supplement
Paid on the 1st of each month or, if banks are closed, on the nearest following banking day.
Basic Social Assistance
Basic social assistance is paid into your account on the first business day of the month. If it is too late to make the payment on the regular payment date, the payment will be deposited into your bank account within 2 business days.