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Benefits for adult students

Adult education allowances and scholarship for qualified employee support adults in developing their professional ability and updating their competences. Adult education allowance can be granted to employees and entrepreneurs who have at least eight years of employment history. Adult education allowance can only be granted for full-time study.

Scholarship for qualified employee is granted to people who are studying towards a vocational qualification and who have at least five years of employment history by the time they complete the qualification.

Granting of the adult education allowance and the scholarship for qualified employee is based on the Act on Adult Education benefits (in Finnish).

Find out more about adult education allowance and scholarship for qualified employee by following the links below.

Estimated processing times


Full adult education allowance 16 days

Adjusted adult education allowance 7 days

Entrepreneur's adult education allowance 15 days

Preliminary decisions 5 days

Scholarship for qualified employee 9 days

Updated 19.11.2019.

Employee’s adult education allowance

Full adult education allowance

If you are going on unpaid study leave for an uninterrupted period of at least two months, find out more about the full adult education allowance.

Read more about full adult education allowance

Adjusted adult education allowance

If you are working while studying or you are going on study leave for an uninterrupted period of less than two months, find out more about the adjusted adult education allowance.

Read more about adjusted adult education allowance

Entrepreneur’s adult education allowance

If you are a full-time entrepreneur and your education will last for at least two months, find out about the entrepreneur’s adult education allowance.

Read more about entrepreneur’s adult education allowance

Preliminary decision on adult education allowance

When you have been accepted to study at an educational institution, you can apply for a preliminary decision on whether your studies are covered by the adult education allowance and whether your employment history is sufficient.

Read more about the preliminary decision
Preliminary decision on adult education allowance

Scholarship for qualified employee

We will grant a scholarship if you have completed a vocational upper secondary qualification, a further qualification or a specialist qualification and you have at least five years of employment history by the date on which you complete the qualification.

Read more about the scholarship
Scholarship for qualified employee
Page updated: 12/8/2019