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Healthcare fee for students in higher education
Starting in January 2021, students in universities of applied sciences and universities who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, Finnish abbreviation YTHS) must pay a healthcare fee to Kela. Higher education students must pay the healthcare fee to Kela for the first time for the spring term 2021. You can pay the healthcare fee via Kela's e-service.
Who must pay the healthcare fee for students in higher education?
The liability to pay the healthcare fee is determined on the basis of the degree you are completing and the registration of attendance. No other factors affect the liability to pay the fee. You cannot be exempted from payment for instance because you use occupational health services instead of the services of YTHS or because you do not receive student financial aid.
Pay the healthcare fee if you are registered as attending and
- you study at a university of applied sciences for the purpose of completing a bachelor’s or a master’s level degree, or a bachelor’s level degree at the Police University College
- you study at a university for the purpose of completing a bachelor's or a master's degree
- you study in the Executive Assistance Programme at the National Defence University, i.e. you are a so-called civilian student at the National Defence University.
If you go abroad on student exchange, you are completing a degree or qualification at a Finnish higher education institution and you have registered as attending, you have the right to use the student health services and you must pay the healthcare fee for higher education students.
If you graduated in the autumn term, you do not have to pay the healthcare fee for the following spring term. You are also not entitled to use the services of YTHS in the spring term.
If you complete your studies in the autumn term but you do not graduate and receive your diploma until the spring term, you must pay the healthcare fee for the spring term and you are entitled to use the services of YTHS to the end of the term.
Who does not have to pay the healthcare fee?
You are not entitled to use the student health services for students in higher education and you are not liable to pay the healthcare fee if
- you have registered as non-attending for the term
- you study at an open university of applied sciences
- you study at an open university
- you study at Högskolan på Åland
- you study for a postgraduate degree (for instance licentiate or doctor's degree)
- you study to become an officer at the National Defence University
- you complete non-degree oriented studies at a higher education institution (for instance continuing education or specialisation studies or a separate study module)
- you participate in a tailor-made, customer-specific training programme
- you complete a master’s level degree at the Police University College
- you have come as an exchange student to Finland from another country and you are not completing a degree or qualification at a Finnish higher education institution.
Amount and payment of the healthcare fee
In 2021, the student healthcare fee in higher education will be EUR 35.80 per term. It is paid to Kela once per term (spring and autumn), i.e., twice a year. Students are not billed for the fee but are expected to pay it unprompted. The amount that must be paid is defined in a Government Decree and may vary from year to year.
You can pay the fee even if you have not yet registered as attending.
The healthcare fee is confirmed on a calendar year basis, so you can for example pay the fees due for spring term 2021 and autumn term 2021 at the same time. However, in autumn 2021 you can only pay the fee for the autumn term, because the amount of the fee due for spring term 2022 will not be known yet.
Read more about the payment of the healthcare fee and the due dates for payment: How to pay the healthcare fee in higher education.
What if I don’t pay the fee?
If you do not pay the healthcare fee by the due date, a fixed late-payment charge will be added to it. After the due date, we will send you a letter reminding you to pay the fee.
If you still do not pay the fee, we may withhold the fee and the late-payment charge from your study grant payments without first consulting you.
If it is not possible to withhold them from your study grant payments, the matter will be referred to the enforcement authority for collection.
If you receive social assistance, the healthcare fee can be counted as an expense for purposes of basic social assistance.
FAQ: How do I pay the healthcare fee?
Which services are included in the student health services?
The website of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides information about health services for students.
You are entitled to use the student health services to the end of the term for which you have registered as attending. If you graduate during the term, you are entitled to use the student health services to the end of the term in question.