Apply for earnings-related allowance while studying

As a member of the Open Unemployment Fund, you are allowed, in certain situations, to study while receiving earnings-related allowance. Read this piece to find out how that’s possible.

The most important prerequisite for applying for earnings-related allowance for the duration of your studies is that the TE Office approves your studies to be completed during the unemployment or temporary lay-off period. Therefore, you must first contact your TE Office well in advance of your studies starting.

You are eligible for a daily allowance, if you study either

  • part-time
  • short-term, or
  • for employment promotion measures.

If the TE Office considers you a full-time student and the studies cannot be completed as an employment promotion measure, you cannot apply for daily allowance from the unemployment fund, but instead you must turn to Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland), for example, to finance your studies.

Let’s briefly go through the ways you can study during your unemployment and receive earnings-related allowance. More detailed information about the different options can be found via the links at the end of the article.

Part-time studying

Part-time studying means that studying does not prevent you from applying for a full-time job. You can apply for daily allowance if

  • you have notified the TE Office of your intention to study, and
  • the TE Office considers you to be studying part-time.

Short-term studying

Short-term studying refers to studies that last a maximum of six months. You can apply for daily allowance if

  • you have notified the TE Office of your studies,
  • the TE Office considers you to be studying short-term,
  • you are at least 25 years old, and
  • the studies improve professional skills or support your business activities.

You can also complete your previously interrupted studies with six months of daily allowance, if

  • at least one year has elapsed since the studies were interrupted.

During short-term studies, you are still obliged to apply for and accept work and to participate in employment promotion measures, if they are offered to you (usually by the TE Office).

Employment promotion measures

The employment promotion measures offered by the TE Office cover several options. In terms of studies, the most common services are labor policy education and self-motivated studies.

You can receive daily allowance, if

  • you have agreed on an employment promotion measure together with the TE Office, and
  • the TE Office accepts your participation in the service.

Increased earnings-related unemployment allowance is paid for a maximum of 200 days during employment promotion measures.

In addition, an expense allowance is paid to cover travel and accommodation costs for the days you have participated in the services. However, no expense allowance is paid for the duration of self-motivated studies.

For more detailed information, read our section on studying

For more information, visit TE Office’s website (you will be redirected to the Työmarkkinatori.fi website)