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The application processing times for adult education benefits have peaked due to high demand. We are doing our best to handle the applications as efficiently as possible. You will receive the issued decision by mail. For applications sent through our online services, you will receive the decision also through the service. We will contact you by email whether further information is required during the application process.

To report any changes concerning your application, please see additional information in: Informing us of changes

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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.

We will begin using payroll information in the Incomes Register to determine adult student allowances from the start of 2020 onwards. At the same time, we are updating our online customer service for adult students. Read more.

Estimated processing times


Full adult education allowance 30 days

Adjusted adult education allowance 7 days

Entrepreneur's adult education allowance 31 days

Preliminary decisions 8 days

Scholarship for qualified employee 34 days

Updated 14.2.2020.

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