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Without income during summer?

11.05.2016

Did you not find a summer job yet? You can get find one even on short notice, especially if you are ready to apply for jobs not related to your study field. Information and tips for looking for a job can be found on the Flamma pages of the Career Services of the university.

You can also study during the summer. Many faculties or departments have exams during summer, and you'll find more information on the website of the faculty or department, as well as on WebOodi. Registration for the summer exams closes quite early, so make sure to register as soon as possible. The Open University offers courses that are free for all present and registered bachelor and master's degree students of the University of Helsinki, so you can look for courses that fit your degree from their course selection as well.

N.B.: The information below only applies to students entitled to Finnish social security.

If you will be studying during summer, you may apply for the student financial aid for the summer months.
If you are not entitled to student financial aid, you may apply for social assistance.
A student is generally not entitled to labour market subsidy or the earnings-related unemployment allowance.

 

Student Financial Aid

If you are applying for student financial aid for the summer you must ensure that your study plan includes on average at least 5 credits per month. The main thing is that you study in each month for which you receive financial aid and that the amount of credits you earn is sufficient. As summer months are deducted from your total amount of financial aid months, make sure you only apply for student financial aid for the summer if you actually plan to advance your studies. Any month in which you receive the housing supplement only will also be deducted from the total amount of months with financial aid.

Apply online for financial aid for the summer months on Kelas website. It is advisable to apply for student financial aid well in advance!

For more information please see the Kela website.


Social Assistance

If you are not entitled to student financial aid, you have not found work, and do not have enough savings to live on, you can apply for social assistance at the social services office of your municipality. You can also apply for social assistance to complement low wages or to help you until the payday or the payment of student financial aid.
Further information is available from the social services of your municipality. In Helsinki: http://www.hel.fi/www/Helsinki/fi/sosiaali-ja-terveyspalvelut/sosiaaline...

A student may apply for social assistance during the summer, if there are no suitable studies for the student during the summer months, or the student has not managed to find work despite his/her efforts. When applying for social assistance, a spouse's income affects the decision. The student loan is regarded as income during the financial aid months even if the student does not take the loan.

The student may apply for social assistance to supplement one's low income or to cover subsistence until the payday or the payment of the student financial aid. For example if a student's last month of student financial aid is May, the student works from the beginning of June and thus receives the first salary at the end of June, the student may receive social assistance to cover living expenses in June.

More information from the social services office of your residential area. For Helsinki, please see here.

For more information please contact the HYY specialist on subsistence, Aino Jones, aino.jones@hyy.fi tai 050 543 9608.