Changes to benefits for students in vocational education

Starting in August 2018, students who pursue a basic vocational qualification can be granted student financial aid for 10 months per school year. The period of financial aid is 1 August–31 May regardless of the start date for the studies in the autumn, the end date for the studies in the spring or the type of holiday periods included in the studies.

Kela automatically reviews the student financial aid for students who already receive financial aid. If the period of student financial aid changes, the student will receive a new decision on student financial aid during the summer.

The start date for the first year of study and the end date for the last year of study affect the entitlement to student financial aid, however. The student can get financial assistance for the first and last month of study if there are at least 18 days of active study in that month.

If a student in vocational education studies in June and July, the student must separately apply for financial aid for these months.

Remember to keep track of your income

If a student receives financial aid for 10 months, the student can, in addition to the financial aid, have other income to a total amount of EUR 10,650. If the annual income limit is exceeded, the student should cancel or repay financial aid for the relevant number of months. It is easy and convenient to cancel or repay student financial aid via Kela’s online customer service.

Students in vocational education and paid on-the-job training

Paid on-the-job training that is included in vocational education is considered apprenticeship training since the beginning of 2018. Students cannot receive student financial aid or school transport subsidy for periods of apprenticeship training.

If a student who receives student financial aid or school transport subsidy starts paid on-the-job training, the student must report the period of training to Kela. The training can be reported via a message in Kela's online customer service, on form OT 16 or with a phone call to Kela’s customer service.

A student who receives school transport subsidy must remember to report if the trip to school changes or if the mode of transport changes. The change can be reported by filing a new application for school transport subsidy with the educational institution. If the studies end or if they are interrupted for more than one week and the student does not go to school every day during this period, this change should be reported to Kela. However, the school’s holiday periods need not be reported.

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