Financial aid for students primarily consists of the study grant and the general housing allowance. Kela also provides the meal subsidy to support dining for higher education degree students. The meal subsidy can be redeemed in student restaurants with a student card. Students with children under 18 years of age to provide for are entitled to the provider supplement to the study grant, as well as the same family benefits as all other people living in Finland with children to provide for.
Students also have the right to work during study years, as long as they make sure to take the income limits for the study grant and the general housing allowance into account. You may be entitled to the basic social assistance if your income is not enough to cover your basic living expenses and you are not entitled to other financial aid.
If you have questions about financial aid, you can find answers together with OYY’s Specialist of Social Affairs.