Rehabilitation allowance during participation in Kela rehabilitation

You can get rehabilitation allowance payments while you attend rehabilitation provided by Kela. However, the allowance is usually not available for certain therapeutic interventions.

Tell Kela as soon as possible if you are unable to participate in a rehabilitation measure for which you are paid a rehabilitation allowance.

Periods of rehabilitation

If you participate in rehabilitation arranged by Kela, apply for a rehabilitation allowance as soon as the rehabilitation begins. The rehabilitation allowance is paid into your bank account at the end of the rehabilitation period, but you must first provide Kela with documentation about the rehabilitation. Ask the rehabilitation organiser for a certificate of attendance.

Vocational rehabilitation provided by Kela in the form of education and training

If Kela has granted you access to vocational rehabilitation arranged in the form of education or training, you can get a rehabilitation allowance for the duration of your studies. Kela keeps track of your study progress. The goal is for you to complete your studies within the period for which the rehabilitation was granted. 

Work while studying

You can work and receive a salary or other earned income while you study (salary or income under the self-employed persons' (YEL) and farmers' (MYEL) pension insurance schemes).  If your income exceeds a specified limit (EUR 727 per month on average in 2021), the exceeding part is deducted from your rehabilitation allowance.

For the duration of an apprenticeship agreement, the rehabilitation allowance is paid to the employer.

Please note that it is not possible to cancel the rehabilitation allowance in advance or to return it like student financial aid payments.

If you work or are about to start working,

  • tell Kela when you will start working and how long you will work
  • at the beginning of the term, provide Kela with an estimate of your income for the term and any changes in your income during the term.

Kela will check the incomes register at the end of the term for your salary income. The actual paydate is taken into account.  Kela receives also the information from the insurance providers ( income under the self-employed persons' (YEL) and farmers' (MYEL) pension insurance). 

Rehabilitation allowance during school summer holidays

During the spring term, Kela will send you a letter asking about your summertime studies and income situation. Please reply as soon as possible.

Rehabilitation allowance during school summer holidays
Your plan for the summer Your income situation during the summer

You will have a summer job.

If it is a paid job, you will not get rehabilitation allowance payments during the summer. However, if you are paid less than EUR 727 per month, you can get an interim rehabilitation allowance during the summer. 
You will have a summer job, but you will also study.

You can get rehabilitation allowance payments. Your pay will affect the amount of rehabilitation allowance you can get.

You will study on a full-time basis and complete an unpaid training period which is part of your studies. You can get rehabilitation allowance payments. Your pay will affect the amount of rehabilitation allowance you can get.
You will complete a paid training period which is part of your studies. You can get rehabilitation allowance payments.
You will be in apprenticeship training.

If you are paid, your rehabilitation allowance will usually be paid to your employer. If you are on unpaid annual leave, you cannot get rehabilitation allowance payments.

You will not study, will not have a summer job, and will not be completing a training.

You can get interim rehabilitation allowance payments.

If you are paid a rehabilitation allowance for young persons and work alongside your studies, your income does not affect your rehabilitation allowance. During apprenticeship training, the rehabilitation allowance for young persons is paid to the employer.