Sipilä’s government has already introduced massive cuts to education and universities, as well as introducing tuition fees for non-EU/EEA nationals. These cuts are already very much present in a student's everyday life. This is not enough, however. Student financial aid is also facing massive cuts.
Yesterday, 1 March, saw the release of Professor Roope Uusitalo’s report on reforming student aid, commissioned by the Ministry of Education. Cuts suggested by Professor Uusitalo include:
Financial aid dropped to 250,28 euros per month.
A new maximum of 45 months of financial aid (for Master's Degree programmes).
Monthly credit requirements for aid to be increased from 5 to 6 credits.
The monthly amount of state-guaranteed student loan increased to 650 euros.
Compensation from student loans for students who graduate in set target time to be cut from 40 to 30 per cent.
HYY will take part in the student aid demonstration held on 9 March from 1 pm onwards – join us there! The demonstration includes a march that will start from the Senaatintori square at 1 pm, going along Aleksanterinkatu and Mannerheimintie towards the Kiasma art museum and the Finnish Parliament Annex (Pikkuparlamentti) where both politicians and representatives of the student movement will take the floor.
There is an event for the student aid demonstration on Facebook.
On the student aid demonstration page on the HYY website you can check whether your organisation meets before the demonstration to go there together. Of course, you can also tag along with another organisation. There’s also a banner workshop, materials and a banner contest for organisations, with individual students welcome to participate as well.
The demonstration is not the only way to influence how student aid is reformed. You can find instructions for demonstrating, being impactful in social media and making banners at the very same student aid demonstration page on the HYY website.