Applications for student financial aid from students at the Universities of Lapland, Oulu, Tampere and Vaasa will be processed at Kela starting 1 January 2017. Previously the applications have been processed by the financial aid committee of the university. There is no need for the students to contact Kela or the financial aid committee of the university or to take any other steps as a result of this change.
In the next few years, Kela will renew all its benefits processing systems. The aim is to concentrate the whole handling of matters related to student financial aid to Kela, since making benefit decisions also elsewhere makes the process more complicated.
The processing of applications for student financial aid will still continue at eight universities in 2017. In 2018 all matters related to student financial aid will be handled at Kela.
Students, please note the following:
How to contact Kela in matters related to student financial aid
In Kela's online service (www.kela.fi/asiointi) you can contact Kela in almost all matters related to student financial aid. Kela's website (www.kela.fi/students) contains extensive information about student financial aid and other benefits for students.
You can also contact Kela concerning your personal benefit matters
You can also use Kela's channels in social media
Services of the universities related to student financial aid
If you do not make satisfactory progress, the financial aid committee of the university can make your financial aid payable for a specified period of time only, or stop payment altogether. If you have received a request for further details or a financial aid decision because you have not made sufficient academic progress, read the request or decision carefully and follow the instructions given. If you wish to clarify your own situation, you should contact the student services of the university.
The financial aid committee of the university also decides whether the maximum payment period of your student financial aid can be extended. Further information is available at www.kela.fi. File an application for an extension of the maximum payment period for student financial aid by making a notification of change of circumstances through Kela's online service.
University of Lapland
University of Oulu
University of Tampere
University of Vaasa
For media inquiries, contact:
Kela, Legal Unit for Benefit Services, Student Financial Aid Group
Piia Kuusisto, Benefits Manager, tel. 040 687 8152
Ilpo Lahtinen, Lead Coordinator, tel. 020 634 3254
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