You can get financial aid for summer study. You can get financial aid for attending lectures, tests, job training or working on a thesis, among other things.
To students in higher education financial aid for the summer months is granted in accordance with application. Financial aid is granted for the period you indicate in your application.
Remember that your annual income is checked and your academic progress in higher education is monitored!
Higher education students must remember that taking out financial aid for summer study counts against their total eligibility for financial aid, which is calculated in months. Any summer months for which a student receives financial aid are also taken into account when checking the student’s annual income and monitoring their academic progress.
Kela checks study progress every year in October. The check focuses on the entire preceding academic year (1 August – 31 July). Credits earned in August count towards the next academic year’s study progress.
How to apply?
Apply for financial aid for the summer months in the OmaKela e-service.
- Select Etuudet (Benefits) – Opintotuki (Student financial aid) – Ilmoita muutoksista (Notify changes) – Opintotuen muutosilmoitus (Notification of changes relevant to student financial aid) – Ilmoitan muusta muutoksesta tai haen lisätukea (I’m reporting some other kind of change or applying for additional financial aid) – Jatko- tai lisätukihakemus (Application for extended or additional financial aid)
Alternatively you can complete and print out the form Notification of changes – Financial aid for students OT 15e, (pdf). Send the application and any supporting documents by mail. The address is Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA.
Remember to apply for financial aid for the summer in good time. The earliest you can get financial aid is the beginning of the month in which your application arrives.