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Self-motivated study subsidised with an unemployment benefit

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

As a registered customer of the TE Office or a local government pilot, you may be entitled to an unemployment benefit for independent full-time studies. Independent studies mean taking part in education provided by an educational institution. Student selections should also be decided by the educational institution. The TE Office or local government pilot does not procure the training or select the students as in the case of labour market training.

During the studies supported, an unemployment fund or Finnish Social Insurance Institution Kela will pay you an unemployment benefit on the basis of a statement received from the TE Office or a local government pilot, i.e., you must be a jobseeker and entitled to unemployment benefit. If you are considering independent studies, the TE Office or local government pilot will assess your need for education or training, as well as how the studies will improve your chances in the job market. You will only receive an unemployment benefit if the TE Office's assessment indicates that you need education or training, and the studies will significantly improve your chances in the job market, being the best way to secure employment. Moreover, the criteria regarding the studies must be met.

If a decision has been made to support your studies, you will receive daily unemployment allowance, labour market subsidy or an increase during your studies.

As a student receiving support, you will be required to report, for example, on the progress of your studies. If the TE Office or local government pilot and the party paying the support do not receive the information they require, your entitlement to an unemployment benefit may be expire, and you may have to pay back benefits already paid to you. Suspension of support requires a valid reason, such as going to work, illness or taking family leave.

Inform the TE Office or local government pilot as soon as possible if your studies are temporarily on a break (for example due to a long sick leave, family leave or a longer work contract), because you will be spending your support time until you inform about the break in the studies. The TE Office or local government pilot will consider the validity of the reason. Holiday periods of the educational institution are not considered a valid reason. Remember to inform the TE office or local government pilot also when your studies continue after a temporary break.

Do the following

If you consider studying while registered as a customer at the TE Office or local government pilot, contact your office by leaving a call back request in the E-services.

Then, an expert of the TE Office or local government pilot can assess your need for training and what kind of training would best improve your employment. You will only receive an unemployment benefit if the assessment indicates that you need education or training, and the studies will significantly improve your chances in the job market.

When you receive a student place, ask the educational institution to fill in the form The education provider’s statement on planned studies. Fill in the form Arguments for a need of training, and submit the completed forms to the TE Office or the local government pilot. They will make the decision on supporting the studies upon receiving the forms.

Please note that the decision on possible support should be received, in principle, before the studies commence, and support will not be granted for studies which have already started. However, applying for a student place will not affect your unemployment security. If the studies you have planned are not accepted for unemployment benefits, contact the TE Office or local government pilot to check if you can complete short-term or part-time studies instead. They do not affect your unemployment security, if you are prepared to accept full-time work during your studies.

If you want to start short-term studies, please contact the TE Office or local government pilot before your studies start.

When independent study with unemployment benefit has begun, please note that you also have obligations:

  • participate in teaching
  • progress in studies
  • report the progress of studies as agreed to the TE Office or the local government pilot
  • immediately notify the TE Office or the local government pilot if the studies do not proceed as planned, the studies are interrupted or discontinued, or you start full-time work that lasts more than two weeks
  • announce the completion of studies and present a certificate of completed studies at the request of the TE Office or the local government pilot
  • apply for a job as agreed in the employment plan, meaning that for studies lasting more than one month you apply for three places during each three-month reference period (does not apply to full-time studies in literacy).

To whom and on what terms

In order to receive an unemployment benefit for studies, you must be a jobseeker at the TE Office or in a local government pilot, entitled to unemployment benefits and a person of at least 25 years of age. You will also need an assessment by the TE Office or local government pilot indicating that you need education or training and that the studies will significantly improve your chances in the job market, being the best way to secure employment.

You will have to agree on the studies in the employment plan drafted with the TE Office or local government pilot before the commencement of your studies. You may only be entitled to support after the studies have started if at least a year has passed from the disruption of your studies, or if your studies started during a period when you received financial benefits paid by the employer, or if you started the studies as vocational labour market training.

You have to be a full-time student. Studies are usually considered full-time when they aim at completing a degree or other studies the extent of which is on average the minimum of 5 credits or 4.5 ECVET points a month, or 25 hours a week.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byTE Office
Other responsible organisationsLapland TE Office, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Pohjois-Savo TE Office, Varsinais-Suomi TE Office, Keski-Suomi TE Office, Kainuu TE Office, Pohjois-Karjala TE Office, Pirkanmaa TE Office, Satakunta TE Office, Pohjanmaa TE Office, Etelä-Savo TE Office, Häme TE Office, Kaakkois-Suomi TE Office, Uusimaa TE Office, Etelä-Pohjanmaa TE Office
Responsible for the serviceTE Office
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesSwedish, Finnish
Text edited by: TE Office
Updated: 27/6/2022