Nearly half of all students have paid the healthcare fee in advance – about 140,000 have yet to pay it

Higher education students must pay the student healthcare fee on their own initiative using the OmaKela e-service. The due date for the autumn term is 30 September 2022.

So far, about 132,000 students have paid the fee for autumn term 2022. Some 140,000 students have yet to pay it.

In the week ending 11 September, Kela sent a letter to students who according to the information available to Kela had registered as attending for the autumn term 2022 but had not yet paid the healthcare fee. The letter reminds the student of the obligation to pay the fee and provides instructions for how to pay it. The letter can also be read in the OmaKela e-service.

The letter will not be sent to students who have paid the fee or who have not registered as attending.

The 2022 rate of the student healthcare fee is EUR 35.80 per term

In 2022, the student healthcare fee in higher education is 35.80 euros per term. Students are not billed for the fee but are expected to pay it unprompted. Students who do not pay the fee by 30 September 2022 will get a letter from Kela reminding them of it. They will also be charged a EUR 5 late fee.

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. Students who have registered as attending are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service.

Students can pay the healthcare fee for the spring term 2023 as soon as it has been confirmed, which will be at the end of November at the earliest.

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