Archive: May 2017

Uutiset @en Hennamari Toiviainen

Changes to financial a and housing assistance for students, 1 August 2017

Changes to financial aid and housing assistance for students, 1 August 2017

The study grants paid to higher education students will be adjusted to the level of the grants provided to students in secondary education (max. EUR 250.28 per month). Student loan amounts will be raised for all students. The qualifying conditions for study grants and government guarantees for student loans will undergo numerous changes as well.

Students living in rented accommodation in Finland will be covered by the general housing allowance scheme.

Read more about the changes from Kela webpage!

Financial aid for students is available for Finnish citizens and, in some cases, for non-citizens of Finland. You may be entitled to financial aid if you are registered as a permanent resident of Finland in the population register system and your purpose for residence in Finland is something other than education (for example, work, family ties or return migration). If you are in Finland for the express purpose of attending school, you are not eligible for financial aid from Finland. For more information see the Kela webpage. 

Uutiset @en Henna Määttä

Speech in demonstration for the sufficient and modern study and work spaces

During the past two weeks we have heard of plans regarding study environments which will weaken remarkably the students’ status and opportunities for studying. These are: study environments shifting from Tellus to Pegasus and freezing the planning of study environments. In addition to that, we are unhappy about lack of environments for independent studying both on Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas campuses. We are also worried about the lack of information and communication regarding changes in study environments.

With this demonstration we want to express students’ concern regarding study environments. We all need modern study environments in order to get good-quality education. We criticise the decisions that the university has made and how it has communicated about them. Students should be informed about decisions that concern them before the decisions are made. We are very worried about how the university can guarantee modern and sufficient study and work environments for students and staff members.

Miina-Anniina Heiskanen
The Student Union of the University of Oulu
Board member, campus development