Starting 1 January 2021, students attending a university of applied sciences can use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) and must pay a student healthcare fee to Kela. You can pay the healthcare fee already now.
Pay the healthcare fee if you are registered as attending and you study for a bachelor’s or a master’s level degree at a university of applied sciences.
Exchange students, students in open university and students in tailor-made, customer-specific training programmes are not entitled to use the services of FSHS. Therefore, they are not required to pay the healthcare fee.
The healthcare fee must be paid on your own initiative:
In 2021, the student healthcare fee in higher education will be EUR 35.80 per term. The fee is paid to Kela once per term, i.e. twice a year. You are not billed for the fee but are expected to pay it unprompted.
The due date of payment is determined based on the date on which you have registered as attending. For the spring term, the healthcare fee must be paid by 31 January at the latest, provided the student has registered as attending by then.
The healthcare fee can be paid using a payment application in Kela’s e-service or as a bank transfer. Instructions for payment of the healthcare fee are available on Kela’s website.
If you do not pay the healthcare fee by the due date, Kela will send you a reminder. If the healthcare fee is paid after the due date, a late-payment charge of EUR 5 must also be paid. If you do not pay the healthcare fee after having been reminded of it, Kela can withhold the fee and the late-payment charge from your study grant payments without consulting you. If the fee cannot be withheld from the study grant payments, the healthcare fee will be referred to the enforcement authority for collection.
You are entitled to use the student health services to the end of the term for which you have registered as attending. If you graduate during the term, you are entitled to use the student health services to the end of the term in question. The website of the Finnish Student Health Service (Finnish abbreviation YTHS) provides information about health services for students.
The fee is used to finance health services for higher education students. The State finances 77% of the health services for higher education students and the rest, 23%, is financed through the healthcare fee. The amount of the fee is specified in a Government decree, which will be issued annually.