Supplementary allowance for the purchase of study materials to be introduced for students from low-income families

There will be some improvements to financial aid for upper secondary level students starting 1 August 2019. A new supplementary allowance for the purchase of study materials will be introduced. It will be available also to students who are under 17 years of age.

The following changes will be made to student financial aid in August 2019:

  • A new supplementary allowance for the purchase study materials will be introduced.
  • Students under 18 who are living independently will be eligible for financial aid irrespective of their parents’ income.
  • The duration of financial aid for upper secondary school students will be extended.

Supplementary allowance for the purchase of study materials to be introduced in August 2019

Starting in August 2019, students who are in vocational education or upper secondary school can get a supplementary allowance for the purchase of study materials if their parents’ income does not exceed EUR 41,100 per year. The allowance is EUR 46.80 per month and is available to students under 20 who live with their parents and students under 18 who live outside their parental home.

Also students under 17 can get the supplementary allowance even though they are not eligible for the study grant.

The supplementary allowance for the purchase of study materials is granted without application to all students who receive financial aid payments. If you do not yet receive financial aid but are eligible for the supplementary allowance, file an online application for financial aid or complete the relevant application form (OT 1e).

Parental income will no longer reduce financial aid for students living independently 

Starting August 2019, parental income will no longer affect the basic amount component of the study grant or the housing supplement granted to students who are under 18 and do not live with their parents.

Parental income will continue to affect the supplementary allowance for the purchase of study materials, the low-income supplement to the study grant and, in certain situations, the eligibility for a government guaranteed student loan.

Students aged 17 who do not live with their parents and who currently do not qualify for financial aid on account of parental income will be eligible for financial aid starting August 2019. Applications for financial aid can be submitted online or on a paper application form. Kela carries out an automatic review of financial aid for current recipients.

Upper secondary school students can get financial aid for 10 months per school year

August 2019 will also see a change to the amount of time financial aid is available to upper secondary school students per academic year. They can get financial aid for 10 months (from the beginning of August to the end of May) in each academic year. Kela will automatically extend the payments of upper secondary school students who currently receive financial aid.

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