School transport subsidy

The purpose of the school transport subsidy is to provide compensation for the daily cost of travelling to and from school. You can receive school transport subsidy mainly for public transport or dedicated school transport. If neither of those options is available to you, you can receive school transport subsidy for self-arranged transport, for instance your own car.

See also the instructions for applying for school transport subsidy.

Eligibility 

Your age, income or property do not affect eligibility. The income and property of your parents do also not affect the amount of the subsidy. You are eligible for school transport subsidy if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • you study and live in Finland
  • you study full-time
  • your travel distance to school is at least 10 kilometres one way
  • you make at least 7 one-way trips that qualify for school transport subsidy to or from school per week
  • the costs for your travels to and from school exceed EUR 54 per month (certain exceptions)
  • you are in upper secondary education, secondary education preparing for work and independent living or in basic education for adults.

 You can get school transport subsidy for full calendar months only. The shortest consecutive period of eligibility is therefore 18 days, and you must have at least 18 qualifying days in each month to get the subsidy.

Can you be granted school transport subsidy and to what amount?

With this calculator you can check whether you are eligible for school transport subsidy and estimate the amount of your school transport subsidy. The calculator is only available in Finnish and Swedish.

Calculator (in Finnish)

Travel distance and costs

The travel distance is the shortest trip by car between home and school. If the travel distance is less than 10 kilometres, you cannot get school transport subsidy even if by bus it would be longer than that. Internet route planners are used in calculating the distance between home and school.

You can receive school transport subsidy for school travel costs of less than EUR 54 per month, if you use Waltti bus services, dedicated school transport or self-arranged transport. The regional transport systems Nysse and Föli in Tampere and Turku, respectively, both operate as school transport providers.

See further information about different means of transport and the school transport subsidy paid for them.

Studies entitling to school transport subsidy

Your studies qualify for school transport subsidy if

  • you attend a general upper secondary school
  • you complete a basic vocational qualification or a part of such qualification
  • you attend a folk high school and you are completing upper secondary school studies or a basic vocational qualification or a part of such qualification
  • you attend upper secondary school in an adult student or night programme and you are completing the upper secondary school curriculum in conjunction with a basic vocational qualification
  • you attend the Emergency Services College (Pelastusopisto/Räddningsinstitutet) or the Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services (Rikosseuraamusalan koulutuskeskus/Brottspåföljdsområdets utbildningscentral), completing a course of basic vocational qualifications
  • you attend a course of study for immigrants and persons whose native language is not Finnish or Swedish that prepares you for the general upper secondary school (LUVA)
  • you attend a course of study preparing you for vocational education (VALMA)
  • you attend a course of education preparing you for employment or for independent living (TELMA)
  • you attend basic education for adults. 

No eligibility in certain situations

You cannot get school transport subsidy in the following situations:

  • You pursue studies leading to or preparing for a basic vocational qualification at a private educational institution that does not have accreditation from the Ministry of Education and Culture (e.g. schools for massage therapists or barbers/hairdressers).
  • There are other forms of financial assistance available for you to support your daily trips to and from school (e.g., compensation for expenses as an unemployment benefit for immigrants or a compensation for travel expenses under the Act on Services for Persons with Disabilities).
  • You have the possibility to live free of charge in a school dormitory. However, you can receive school transport subsidy, if you travel daily from the dormitory at least 10 kilometres (one-way) to the school or workplace.

You can also not receive school transport subsidy for the time of paid on-the-job training, which is considered apprenticeship training. Please inform Kela about any changes so that you are paid school transport subsidy correctly.