Study advisor Erica Åkermarck is the secretary of the Student Financial Aid Committee. The secretary can help you with your questions about student financial aid and handles the contact to KELA (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland).
Phone: 0207 699 409
Visiting hours: by appointmeny only
Electronical customer service
With Kela’s e-services (available only in Finnish or Swedish) you can manage your matters about student financial aid. The identification is made by an electronic ID-card or by the internet bank’s user codes.
If you have any questions about the student financial aid, it may be worthwhile to see if someone else has asked the same question at Kela’s discussion forum (only available in Finnish/Swedish).
Finnish citizens in Finland are granted aid if they pursue full-time studies for at least two consecutive months after completion of compulsory education. Foreign citizens can receive aid for studies in Finland if they are living permanently in Finland or staying in Finland for purpose other than studies (the law on student financial aid 65/21.1.1994 § 1).
The financial aid consists of a study grant, housing supplement and government guarantee for student loans. Visit kela.fi for more information about the financial aid. Adult students can also receive support during their studies. Adult education allowance can be applied from The Education Fund.
The maximum eligibility period for financial aid is determined by when you have begun your studies. To find out what your maximum eligibility period, visit kela.fi.
Changes as of 1 August 2014
A number of changes to the financial aid system for students will come into effect from 1 August 2014. Some of these changes apply to all university students, while others only apply to a part of students. Read more about the changes here.
How to apply for student financial aid
When you have accepted your study place at Arcada and enrolled as present you can apply for student financial aid. You can apply at Kela e-service (available only in Finnish and Swedish) or by submitting the OT 2e form. Foreign residents should fill in also the OT 10e form.
Higher education students can get financial aid for the length of time that completion of their degree normally takes. Please note! Kela’s way to calculate the normal length of time for completion of a degree differs from Arcada’s way to calculate the normal length of time for completion of a degree. The normal length of time according to Kela, starts from the first time you register as present, and any absences are not noted at Kela. At Arcada absences are noted, and are not included in the normal length of time for completion of a degree. The normal length of time for completion of a degree depends on what you are studying and when you commenced your studies. Read more here about how long a degree normally is considered to take.
Student financial aid after the normal length of time for a degree
If your studies go beyond the normal length of study you have the opportunity to apply for financial aid for the additional year and also for the time you have got the right to complete your studies (i.e. if you still have financial aid months left to use).
You can apply for student financial aid for an additional year/the right to complete studies at Kela e-service.
The application for student financial aid should be sent to Kela. Student financial aid is granted at the earliest from the beginning of the month Kela receives your application (i.e. the post stamp does not apply).
The amount of the student financial aid
Kela’s website offers calculators (only in Finnish/Swedish) where you can explore your options for student financial aid and estimate the amount of it.
The housing supplement is a part of the student financial aid and can be applied for the same time as for the study grant. More information about the housing supplement and the amount can be found on kela.fi.
When you are studying abroad and paying rent, a proof of payment is not required for the housing allowance to be granted. However, Kela can require a proof later on, so always safe the receipt when paying rent.
The study loan is a government guaranteed loan which you have to pay back to the bank. Once you have been granted a loan guarantee, you can contact a bank of your choice and agree the loan terms. You do not need any other guarantees for the loan. Read more about the study loan on Kela’s website.
If you experience repayment difficulties, do not hesitate to contact your lender bank.
How other income affects student financial aid
The income you earn over a calendar year affects the student financial aid. It is your responsibility to check that you do not receive more financial aid than you are entitled to. If your incomes are higher than the maximum annual income limit, you can voluntarily repay the whole student financial aid or a portion of it before the end of May of the following year. Then you also get your support months “back” so you can use them later if needed.
Visit Kela’s website for more information about how your income affects the student financial aid, the maximum annual income limit, and the income check.
Parent’s income affects the student financial aid for studies at secondary school and for persons under the age of 20.
Study progress and check-up of credits
Progress in your studies is a pre-requisite for the student financial aid to be granted and paid. Progress in studies means that you have completed an average of at least 5 ECTS/ support month. From 1st of August 2014 you also have to fulfill the minimum requirement of at leat 20 ECTS. That means: even if you receive student financial aid for only 1-3 months, the requirement is at least 20 ECTS. If you do not have enough credits registered in the student register you will receive a letter requesting clarification of your studies. It is very important that you reply to the letter and explain the reasons why your studies have been delayed.
The progress in studies in checked in October every year. Kela will compare the number of used support moths with the number of credits in the student register. Please note! Months in which you have received only the housing supplement are also included in the check-up.
Credits registered and support months used after 31.7 are not included in the check-up. The check-up is made on the previous academic year 1.8–31.7 as well as on the whole study time. Accredited attainments from previous studies are not included.
Visit kela.fi for more information about the check-up, discontinuation and recovery of student financial aid. You can also contact the secretary of the Student Aid Committee at Arcada (studiestod[a]arcada.fi).
Student financial aid can be granted if you travel abroad to study and the studies will be included in your degree at Arcada. The terms for student financial aid (progress in studies, check-up, income etc.) abroad are the same as in Finland. Read more about student financial aid abroad on kela.fi.
If you have received a scholarship for exchange studies you do not have to state this on your application for student financial aid.
You can apply for student financial aid abroad with Kela e-service. If you fill in a paper form, you will need a certificate for your studies abroad. You can get the certificate from International Affairs in C3.
Student financial aid can be granted for mandatory practical training which is included in your degree, if the practical training corresponds to full-time studies and meets the general requirements for progress in studies (5 ECTS/month).
You do not have the right to receive the house supplement for your housing at the place of study if you live with your parents in another area during the practical training.
If you e.g. rent housing on another site during the practical training you must attach a certificate from your teacher indicating where you will carry out the training and that it is mandatory and includes in your degree.
Arcada students’ financial aid matters are processed by Kela in Vaasa:
Mailing address: PL 13, 65101 Vaasa
Kela’s customer advisor for students can be contacted Mon-Fri 8.00-18.00, phone: 020 692 229.
The Student Financial Aid Committee at Arcada
Arcada's Student Financial Aid Office establishes for each degree the general grounds for assessing if the studies can be considered fulltime studies and if the studies lead to sufficient success. The Student Financial Aid Office is appointed by the Board of the University of Applied Sciences Ltd.
Contact information to the Student Financial Aid Committee at Arcada:
Student Financial Aid Committee at Arcada
Jan-Magnus Janssonin aukio 1
Phone: 0207 699 669 (secretary)
Members of the Student Financial Aid Committee
- Chairman Carina Kiukas, deputy Jan-Anders Ray
- Vice chairman Maria Bäck, deputy Mikael Forsström
- Birgitta Karumaa-Eriksson, deputy Jari Savolainen
- Secretary Erica Åkermarck
- Vice secretary Annika Keskinen
- Jani Räisänen, deputy Olli Hietanen
- Jenna Kortelainen, deputy Antonia Gripenwaldt
- Oscar Lytz, deputy Oliver Granlund