Eligibility terms for the school transport subsidy are changing – Apply soon

The terms of eligibility for the school transport subsidy will change on 1 August 2021. Students should apply for school transport subsidy well in advance of that date in order to get the subsidy for all of the months in which they need it.

Starting 1 August 2021, students are eligible for school transport subsidy if they make a qualifying trip between home and school on at least ten days in a given calendar month. The full subsidy is available if they make the trip on at least 15 days in a single calendar month. If they have 10–14 travel days, the subsidy is half the full amount.

Students entitled to free education can get school transport subsidy if their trip from home to school is at least seven kilometres. For students not entitled to free education, the travel distance from home to must school be at least 10 kilometres.

Submit the application to your school

If you plan to apply for school transport subsidy, you should apply soon, because the earliest that Kela can grant the subsidy is the beginning of the month preceding the month in which the application is made.

Complete an application for school transport subsidy (KM1e) and submit it to your school. Your school will check the information in your application.

Kela will then mail you a written decision letter. Visit the OmaKela e-service to look up the decision and your school transport subsidy details.

How to buy tickets if you use public transport

If you use Waltti transport or a Matkahuolto bus, you need a voucher to buy subsidised tickets. Ask your school for the voucher.

If you use transport arranged or paid for by your school, Kela will pay the subsidy to the transport operator. The regional transport systems Nysse and Föli in Tampere and Turku, respectively, both operate as school transport providers. Please ask your school for further information about school transport options.

If you use some other means of public transport for example in the Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) area, buy your own ticket. Kela will pay the school transport subsidy into your bank account monthly.

If public transport is not available

If you do not have access to public transport or dedicated school transport, you can be granted school transport subsidy for the use of your own car or some other self-arranged transport.

In that case, the amount of the subsidy will depend on the length of the subsidised trip. One-way trips between 10 and 100 kilometres can be subsidised. However, for students entitled to free education, the minimum travel distance is seven kilometres.

The trips and to and from school are both taken into account when the school transport subsidy is calculated. There are also certain other exceptional situations in which the school transport subsidy may be available for self-arranged transportation.

Additional information for customers

Telephone assistance with student financial aid: 020 634 2550, Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00

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