Policies and development

Educational policy objectives are used to further develop student financial aid. The goal is to provide students with sufficient financial aid so that it promotes full-time studies based on the student’s plans and to help shorten the duration of studies.

Overall steering, management and development of student financial aid activities belong within the remit of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo's Government, which started its work in summer 2023, will launch an overhaul of the student financial aid system. The overhaul will examine the level of study grants, the size of student loans, the amount of student loan compensation, tax-exempt income thresholds, the status of students with families, and housing support.

The Government will assess the adequacy of income limits and consider the possibility of raising them in connection with its mid-term policy review session. Better alignment of apprenticeship training and student financial aid will also be reviewed.

The Government will also implement an overall reform of the general housing allowance. With regard to students, the Government will develop a financially attractive option to complement the general housing allowance that will favour shared student housing.

Contact information

Virpi Hiltunen, Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Nuoriso- ja liikuntapolitiikan osasto (NUOLI), Strategia- ja ohjausryhmä (SORY) Telephone:0295330110   Email Address: