164 000 students have not yet paid the student healthcare fee

The current year is the first year in which students in higher education are required to pay a healthcare fee to Kela. Students registered as attending for the spring term must pay the fee by 31 January 2021.

Students who attend a traditional university or a university of applied sciences and who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) must pay a healthcare fee to Kela. Students have been able to pay the fee since 30 November 2020 either through their bank or on Kela’s e-service. A total of 90,000 students have to date paid the fee.

In the week of 11 January 2021, Kela is sending a letter about the healthcare fee to students who registered as attending by early January 2021 but have not yet paid the fee. The letter will inform them of their liability to pay the fee and explain how to pay it. The letter will not be sent to students whose payment is registered at Kela or who have not themselves registered as attending. Students will be able to to read the letter on Kela's e-service immediately after it has been mailed.

In 2021, the student healthcare fee in higher education will be EUR 35.80 per term

In 2021, the student healthcare fee in higher education will be EUR 35.80 per term. Students are not billed for the fee but are expected to pay it unprompted. Students who register as attending for the spring term but do not pay the healthcare fee by 31 January 2021 will get a letter from Kela reminding them to pay it. They will also be charged a EUR 5 late fee. If a student does not pay the healthcare fee after having been reminded of it, Kela can withhold the healthcare fee and the late fee from study grant payments without consulting the student. If the fee cannot be withheld from the study grant payments, the healthcare fee will be referred to the enforcement authority for collection.

The fee is used to finance healthcare services for higher education students. The State finances 77% of the costs for healthcare services for higher education students and the rest, 23%, are financed through the healthcare fee. The amount of the fee is specified in a Government decree, which will be issued annually.

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