Student Benefit and Aid
Full-time students completing higher education degrees can apply for financial aid. In principal, financial aid is granted to students admitted into and completing a degree at a university of applied sciences. In certain cases, aid may also be granted to students of a separate module.
Where to apply?
Kela Centre for Student Financial Aid grants financial aid for students, while adult education subsidy is granted by the Education Fund. Financial aid granted by Kela includes a study grant, a housing supplement and a government guarantee for a student loan. The Education Fund provides adult education subsidy to students who take unpaid study leave while working as employees or entrepreneurs. Recipients of adult education subsidy must have been in employment for at least five years.
The study progress as well as other income of students are monitored.
At Laurea, the period for student financial aid is ten months each academic year, 1 September – 30 June Students' income affects the annual amount of student financial aid. Receipt of financial aid from Kela is conditional on the sufficient progress of studies.
Meal subsidies as student benefits
The meal subsidy ateriatuki for higher education students refers to student-priced meals at restaurants that receive the Kela meal subsidy. The restaurant bases the meal prices on a defined maximum price. The meal subsidy is reduced from the maximum price and the remainder forms the meal price for students.
Discounts are available with valid student cards and Kela meal subsidy cards. Meal subsidies are available for students completing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as specialisation studies for which subsidies apply.