Tuition fees

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If you are liable to pay for tuition, this page is for you. You can find the payment instructions and all other relevant information for the first academic year from the University’s website. The second-year tuition fees are to be paid by the end of May. If you cannot find an answer to your question here below, please send a message to tuitionfees@helsinki.fi.

General

  • Tuition fees are always paid by academic year, which consists of two academic terms: the autumn term and spring term. In some exceptional circumstances it is possible to pay the tuition fee only for one term, e.g. if a student does not graduate in two years they might need to register as attending for one more term to finish their studies. The tuition fee for one term is half of the tuition fee for the whole academic year.
  • The amount of the tuition fee is not affected by how many credits you complete. In other words, a student can complete as many credits as they wish during one term. 
  • A student’s liability to pay for tuition is tied to the student’s study language and the degree programme. If a student changes their study language from English to Finnish or Swedish, they will no longer be liable to pay for tuition. However, at the same time they will also lose their potential scholarships. The same applies if a student changes to a non-paying degree programme. 
  • If you wish to make any changes to your registration status (e.g. changing attendance to non-attendance), please contact the Student Services at tuitionfees@helsinki.fi before 31 August for the autumn term and 15 January for the spring term. 

Tuition fee payment for second and following academic years

Students must pay their tuition fee for the consequent year of study before they can register as attending. The tuition fee for the upcoming academic year is to be paid in one lot and by invoice in May. The Student Services will send you an invoice at the beginning of May. The invoice is due 30 days after it has been sent. Once your tuition fee has been received, you will be registered as attending for the whole academic year and you will be notified about this. Please note that it can take a few weeks before we have received your payment. You do not need to pay separately the membership fee for the Student Union (HYY) or the student healthcare fee to Kela as they are included in the tuition fee. 

These same rules apply if you are delayed in your studies and must study for an additional academic year to graduate. You can register as attending for the following autumn term, in which case you must pay half of the tuition fee. The fee will be charged by term until you have completed the degree.

Non-attendance

If you wish to register as non-attending for the whole academic year, for the autumn term or for the spring term, please contact tuitionfees@helsinki.fi before paying the tuition fee. Please note that if you are registered as non-attending, you cannot attend classes or complete studies at the University of Helsinki. We will also inform your programme of your non-attendance. It is also likely that your non-attendance will affect your application for extending your residence permit. Please note that if you were awarded a Study Grant, a Second Year Study Grant or a Dean’s Award you must register as attending for the whole academic year.

Cancelling your registration

You can cancel your registration by contacting the Student Services at tuitionfees@helsinki.fi. To cancel your registration for the autumn term or the entire academic year, contact the Student Services by 31 August. Registrations for the spring term must be cancelled by 15 January.

Reimbursement

Tuition fees are reimbursed per academic year or academic term. If a student has begun studying at the University of Helsinki in the autumn term, only the spring term can be reimbursed. 

You can claim a refund of the tuition fee from the Student Services by 30 September/31 January. Please note that the University withholds 300€ from all reimbursements to cover administrative costs.  

The tuition fee can be reimbursed if 

  • a conditionally admitted student fails to meet the conditions for admission within the allocated time, 
  • a student’s application for a residence permit is rejected, 
  • the residence permit status of a student who has accepted a place changes before registration so that he or she is no longer liable to pay a tuition fee, 
  • the degree programme is not offered, or a force majeure event occurs, 
  • a student cancels the registration as attending and claims the refund on time. 

If a student graduates before the target duration of the degree has expired, i.e. in the second autumn of the master’s degree or third autumn of bachelor’s degree, he or she will be reimbursed for the tuition fee of the spring term. In such a case the 300€ for administrative costs will not be withheld. A student in such a situation should contact the Student Services at tuitionfees@helsinki.fi as soon as possible.

Grants awarded for the first and second study year

These instructions concern you if you were awarded a Tuition Fee Grant and/or a Study Grant for both the first and the second study year of your master’s degree. Please note that these grants are not available for students in the Bachelor's Programme in Science. 

  • In order to receive your grant for the second study year, you must earn 55 credits during your first study year. This is the only requirement for receiving the grant.
  • You do not need to submit a certificate of your earned credits or apply separately for the second year’s grant. The Student Services will check from the student register whether you have earned enough credits at the beginning of June and will notify you when this has been done. If by the beginning of June some credits are not yet registered due to administrative processes, the Student Services might contact you. 
  • Those who received the Tuition Fee Grant and earned 55 credits will then be registered as attending for the upcoming academic year. 
  • The Study Grants can either be deducted from the tuition fee invoice (due date 31 May) or transferred to a Finnish bank account in two instalments, each worth 5 000€. The first instalment shall be paid during the autumn term after 31 August, and the second instalment shall be paid during the spring term, after 15 January. The grant can be paid to the student only after they have registered as attending for the whole second academic year.

Exemption from paying tuition fees

A student who has a permanent or continuous Finnish residence permit, or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit (P-EU), is exempted from paying tuition fees. Please check the details from StudyInfo’s article Am I required to pay tuition fees? 

Documents stating that a student is not liable to pay tuition fees must be valid when the term starts on 1 August/1 January. If your document is valid e.g., until October, you are not liable to pay the tuition fee for the fall term. If your document is valid e.g., until March, you are not liable to pay the fee for the spring term either. Please send a picture of your residence permit to tuitionfees@helsinki.fi.s (.s is for secure mail) well before the beginning of the academic term for which you wish to be exempted from paying tuition fees. 

NB! Please note that having a pending application for an exempting residence permit is not sufficient for not having to pay the tuition fee. Always apply for an extension to your current residence permit as early as possible as the handling of applications at Migri can take several months. 

Impact of Brexit on tuition fees

Continuing UK degree students are exempt from paying tuition fees even after January 1, 2021 as long as they change their EU registration in Finland to EU right-to-residence in accordance with the withdrawal agreement (with Migri). Apply for the change of status between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. The University of Helsinki however strongly recommends that you apply for it before July 31, 2021 so that you will be exempt from tuition fees for the whole autumn term 2021. A proof of right of residence, or a proof that you have applied for it (from Migri) is sufficient for exemption. Please send the proof of your right of residence or proof of your application to tuitionfees@helsinki.fi as soon as possible. 

New UK degree students who arrive in Finland after December 31, 2020 are liable to full tuition fee and residence permit requirements like other non-EU/EEA students. The full tuition fee liability also opens the possibility to apply for University of Helsinki scholarships.