You can receive an adult education allowance for the duration of education that enhances and maintains your professional competence, such as a full or partial degree or qualification from a university, a university of applied sciences or a vocational college, as well as supplementary or refresher vocational education. Your education must last at least two months or at least 43 days in total.
Your education may take place in the daytime or evening and it may also be multiform or distance learning. Full-time work on a final project or internship included in the studies also fall within the scope of the allowance. You must be registered as an attending student at the educational institution during the allowance period.
The allowance is granted for studies at an educational institution operating in Finland and subject to public supervision. Education that is not subject to public supervision is not covered by the allowance.
Studies at educational institutions in foreign countries are not covered by the adult education allowance. However, you may receive an allowance if you are registered at a Finnish educational institution and the studies abroad are accredited as part of the degree or training at the educational institution. An allowance can be granted for postgraduate scientific studies at a foreign educational institution if you are registered as a postgraduate student at a Finnish university and the studies abroad are related to your postgraduate studies. Studies abroad must also be publicly supervised.
It is possible to receive an allowance for periods of full-time study completed in the summer. If you do not yet know the precise plan for your summer studies when you send your first application, you can apply for an allowance in the summer at a later date by sending a further application. You can apply for an allowance for a paid internship in the form of an adjusted adult education allowance retrospectively each month.
If you apply for an allowance for the summer, you should first check with your employer whether you will receive any holiday bonus even though you are on study leave. Your employer may also require you to take your annual leave during the summer. Therefore, it is possible that the summer will not be entirely unpaid due to your holiday bonus or annual holiday. In this case, the correct form of allowance is an adjusted adult education allowance.
A prerequisite for an adult education allowance to be granted is that the studies are vocational in nature. Such studies include supplementary or refresher vocational education at universities and universities of applied sciences, individual study units completed at open universities, and the completion of vocational education leading to the completion of all or part of a degree or qualification that is not vocational in nature. Non-formal adult education arranged at folk high schools, adult education centres, summer universities and sports education centres is also required to be vocational in nature.
For these types of education, the vocational nature of studies is evaluated in relation to your current job and your previous educational background. You can explain the vocational nature of studies in more detail in your application. You can also append a statement from your employer regarding the vocational nature of the studies. Allowances cannot be paid for general education or education as a hobby or with no fixed targets.
Salaries, benefits and other earnings paid during the supported allowance month affect how many credits you have to complete during the support month. If you earn more than half of your eligible salary during the allowance month, you are required to complete at least two credits during the allowance month. If you earn less than half of you eligible salary during the allowance month, or you have no income at all, you are required to complete at least four credits during the allowance month.
Full-time studies encompass an average of at least three credits or competence points or two study weeks per month. If the scope of your studies is not defined in terms of credits or study weeks, the scope of the studies as defined by the education institution must average at least 20 hours per week.
For all allowance receivers, the studies completed before the start of the allowance period are not considered to have been completed during the allowance period. In addition, credits approved from previous studies or work experience are not considered to have been completed during the allowance period, even if they are entered in the credit register during the allowance period. Please note that the adult education allowance in granted on the basis of and for the completion of the studies indicated in the application.
Your credits must be registered during the allowance period or immediately after the allowance period. The credits for an extensive dissertation may be registered later, but the studies must proceed full-time.
If you complete your studies earlier than anticipated, inform us by email or phone as soon as possible – preferably well in advance of the allowance payment date. The adult education allowance will end on the date when you graduate, even if your study leave is continuing. The graduation date is the date stated on your degree certificate.
Also inform us if your studies are discontinued or if you notice that you are no longer studying full-time.
Remember to inform us of changes in good time to avoid having to repay allowances.
You have been granted an adult education allowance until 31 December but you graduate on 18 December. You cannot receive the allowance for the period from 19 to 31 December because your entitlement to study has ended. You must inform the Employment Fund that your studies have ended.
We will monitor how you complete your studies via your educational institution retrospectively every academic year. We will also request information if your education ends during the allowance period.
If no studies have been completed or very little has been completed, we will ask you for an explanation. Benefits that have been paid without grounds will be recovered.
If the completed studies relating to your final project have not yet been registered when the monitoring phase takes place, be prepared to provide the Employment Fund with an explanation of the progress of your work during the allowance period if we so request. The explanation may be a statement from your thesis supervisor. The work must progress at a rate corresponding to at least three credits per month.