Healthcare fee for students in higher education starting 1 January 2021

Starting in January 2021, students in universities of applied sciences and academic universities who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) will pay a healthcare fee to Kela. Students who are liable to pay the fee are students who have registered as attending and who are completing

  • a bachelor's or master's level degree earned in a university of applied sciences
  • a bachelor's or master's level university degree 

Incoming exchange students, students in open university and students in tailor-made, customer-specific training programmes are not entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service, and thus they do not have to pay the healthcare fee. 

No bill will be sent on the healthcare fee, and thus the student has to pay the fee to Kela on his or her own initiative.

Kela will begin to collect the healthcare fee in the spring term of 2021. The healthcare fee can be paid via Kela's e-service starting in December 2020. University students pay the healthcare fee for the autumn term 2020 to their student union.

The healthcare fee can be counted as an expense for purposes of basic social assistance. Read more information about social assistance.

Information on the services and the service network of the Finnish Student Health Service is available on the website of the Finnish Student Health Service.

More information on the practical details in connection with the payment of the fee will be provided on this page in autumn 2020.

Act on Student Health Services for Students in Higher Education

The Act on Student Health Services for Students in Higher Education will come into force on 1 January 2021. The act seeks to ensure that students of academic universities and universities of applied sciences have equal access to quality health services.

The services delivered by YTHS will on 1 January 2021 become available to all students in higher education. Starting from this date, the responsibility for the provision of student health services to students in higher education and for collection of healthcare fees will be transferred to Kela.

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