Short-term study supported by an unemployment benefit
- Nationwide except the Åland Islands
- Public service
You can complete short-term studies while receiving an unemployment benefit. You have to meet certain conditions in order to make studying possible. The relevant Unemployment Security Act on short-term studies entered into force on 31.12.2018.
You may receive an unemployment benefit to support your studies, if you fulfil the following criteria:
- You are registered as a jobseeker in the TE Office.
- You are over the age of 25.
- The total duration of your studies is less than six months
- The studies provide you with professional skills or promote your business plans.
- If you want to continue studies that have previously been interrupted, at least one year must have passed since the interruption started.
Do the following
The TE Office should be notified of all studies.
If you are planning to study as a customer of the TE Office, please contact your TE Office in good time. Do not report short-term studies by submitting a change report in the E-services. Instead, contact the TE Office prior to the commencement of your studies, either by leaving a telephone service request, or by phoning the telephone service.
If necessary, the TE Office investigates your studies and always gives a statement to the payer, i.e. Kela or the unemployment fund.
To whom and on what terms
In order to receive unemployment benefit, you have to be a customer of the TE Office, and over 25 years of age.
Your studies should promote employment and the Act cannot be applied, for example, to studies of recreational nature.
If the total duration of your studies is over six months, they are not regarded short-term. In this case, you may want to determine the possibility of independent studies or part-time studies supported with unemployment benefit.
In the case of previously interrupted studies which you now want to continue, at least one year must have passed since the interruption started. These may include studies for the completion of a degree.
During short-term studies, you are still obliged to apply for and accept work, and participate in services promoting employment. The studies are not an acceptable reason to refuse a job. An increased benefit will not be paid on the basis of studying.
Note that if you want to start short-term studies, please contact the TE Office before your studies start. The TE Office will usually make a report on your studies and will always provide a statement to the payer (Kela / the unemployment fund).
Right to short-term and full-time study on unemployment benefit is a one-off opportunity, which re-emerges when you meet the work requirement of 26 weeks in employment again, and the calculation of the maximum length of time for earnings-related unemployment benefit restarts.
The Act entered into force on 31.12.2018 and involves only studies started thereafter. Simultaneously, an Act came into force according to which you can meet the activity requirement with short-term studies. The prerequisite is that you study enough during the review period. Single short-term studies count towards the activity requirement for up to six months.
The TE Office does not assess whether short-term studies are full-time or part-time. Such an assessment only takes place if you want the studies to count towards the work requirement, or if the status matters in terms of job alternation leave, or public employment or entrepreneurial services. However, the studies’ duration should always be defined in order to determine them as short-term.
It may be possible to amortise short-term studies provided you contact the TE Office in good time.
As usual, short-term studies use the maximum length of time for earnings-related unemployment benefit.