Tuition fees and scholarships

A legislation concerning tuition fees came into effect 1.1.2016 in Finland. According to the legislation, Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences are obliged to charge tuition fees for those students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) and starting their degree studies 1 August 2017 and onwards. The legislation concerns degree programmes taught in English and leading to a bachelor's or master's degree.

There are NO tuition fees for Finnish or other EU/EEA-citizens.

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Documents which exempts from paying the tuition fee

The fees will not concern non-EU/EEA students who Provide a copy of the following document
are equivalent to an EU citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland
Holds one of the documents mentioned in the next column
  • Continuous residence permit card in Finland, Type A permit issued for other than study purposes or
  • Permanent residence permit card in Finland, Type P permit or
  • EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence card in Finland (Type P-EU) or
  • EU Blue Card in Finland or
  • EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland or
  • Proof from the Finnish Immigration Services that the student has registered, or applied for registration for EU right to residence in Finland (UK-citizens) or
  • Brexit residence permit card, Type TEU agreement's 50 article = Right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, or P TEU-agreement's 50 article = Right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement

Students who apply for a degree programme in which the studies starts in 1 August 2017 or later are required to pay tuition fees for that programme. However, if you have started the studies already earlier (e.g. in 2016), you may complete the studies (graduate) in the programme without having to pay tuition fees. The tuition fee does not apply to a student who is studying in a degree programme taught in Finnish or in Swedish.

New UK degree students who arrive in Finland after the 31st of December 2020 are liable to full tuition fee and residence permit requirements like other non-EU/EEA students.

To prove your citizenship or residency status, please attach a copy of your valid passport or national ID card where your citizenship is indicated, and/or a copy of your valid residence permit in Finland, into the online application form.

If you receive the residence permit during the application period / your studies

Notice, if you receive one of the documents mentioned above at any point of the application period or later during your studies, please provide us the document immediately. You will be exempted from paying the tuition fees starting from the next semester at Jamk as following:

  • In order to be exempted from paying the tuition fee in the next spring semester the residence permit card (or any of the above cards/passport) must be granted by 1 January and one must present the original residence permit card at the Student Services by 31 January.
  • In order to be exempted from paying the tuition fee in the next autumn semester the residence permit card (or any of the above cards/passport) must be granted by 1 August and one must present the original residence permit card at the Student Services by 31 August.

We reserve the right to make changes. 

New regulations / Students who will start their studies after 1 August 2023

New regulations and amount of tuition fees and scholarship concerns:

  • Students who will start their studies after 1 August 2023. For example, applicants applying in joint application January 2023.
  • Students who have lost their study right and the study right is restored from 1 August 2023 onwards.

Bachelor: €9,000

€5,400 after scholarship / academic year

1st year: Application (included in the joint application form)

2nd - 4th* years: 60 credits done in the previous academic year

Master: €10,000

€6,000 after scholarship / academic year

1st year: Application (included in the joint application form)

2nd-3rd* years: 30 credits done in the previous academic year

Scholar-ship 40%

of the tuition fee

*The scholarship can be given only for the standard study period.

By paying the tuition fee, the student commits to the rules for tuition fee and scholarship system of Jamk.

Prior regulations / Students who have started their studies before 1 August 2023

Prior regulations and amount of tuition fees concerns:

  • Students who have started their studies and studied before 1 August 2023.
  • Students who have been admitted to a degree programme before 1 August 2023 and have enrolled as a non-attending student due to a legal reason.
    • For example, you have been admitted to a degree programme starting from academic term of autumn 2022 and have enrolled as a non-attending student due to a legal reason and will begin your studies in academic term of autumn 2023.
  • Students who been admitted to a degree programme before 1 August 2023 and have not paid the tuition fee (have lost their studies right due to neglecting of enrollment obligation) and will receive the study right restoration after an accepted application starting from 1 January 2023.
  • Students who have paid the tuition fee, have received negative decision from Finnish Immigration Service concerning their application for residence permit in Finland, have received a refund of tuition fee, have been expelled due to neglecting of enrollment obligation) and will receive the study right restoration after an accepted application starting from 1 January 2023.

The prior tuition fees of Jamk UAS for NON-EU/EEA citizens are

  • €8,000/academic year for bachelor's degrees taught in English:
    • Scholarship 50% -> Tuition fee: €4,000 after scholarship / academic year
    • 1st year: Scholarship application (included in the joint application form)
    • 2nd - 4th* years: 60 credits done in the previous academic year
  • €9,000/academic year for master's degrees taught in English:
    • Scholarship 50% -> Tuition fee: €4,500 after scholarship / academic year
    • 1st year: Scholarship application (included in the joint application form)
    • 2nd-3rd* years: 30 credits done in the previous academic year

*The scholarship can be given only for the standard study period.

First year students: when to pay the tuition fee and how to get a scholarship?

All applicants selected for Jamk bachelor’s / master's degrees receive a scholarship in the first academic year. At Jamk a scholarship can be given only to such students who are required to pay tuition fees.

The scholarship is applied as a part of the joint application form on studyinfo.fi.

Applicants who are required to pay the tuition fee will receive the admission letter and instructions how to pay the tuition fee for the first year. 

Please accept the study place, pay tuition fee and enroll for the academic year as soon as you have received the acceptance letter, to be able to start the residence permit application process immediately, and to start your studies in August. The final deadline to accept the study place, pay the tuition fee and enroll for the academic year 2023-2024 is 14 July 2023 by 3:00 pm Finnish time.

Tuition fees and scholarships after the first year

In the following academic years the scholarship can be received:

  • if a student earns at least 60 credits per academic year in the bachelor’s degrees (30 credits per semester)
  • if a student earns at least 30 credits per academic year in the master's degrees

If the student has attended only for one semester, the minimum required amount of studies for the scholarship is:

  • 30 credits in bachelor's degrees
  • 15 credits in the master's degrees

The scholarship can be received only for the standard study period and only for the semesters one has enrolled for attendance. Therefore, the fee must be paid for all semesters and academic years for which the student enrolls as attending student, including any extension period.

How the credits are counted

The credits are counted cumulatively in the bachelor's and master's degrees. In bachelor's degrees a student must have 60 credits after the first year, 120 after the second and 180 after the third academic year OR at least 60 credits during the previous academic year. For example, a second year student will receive a scholarship if he has studied 80 credits during the first year and 40 credits during the second year (= 120 ECTS credits after the 2nd year).

When to pay the tuition fee

The next year's tuition fee is due by 31st of May. At this point, student pays half of the next year's tuition fee.

  • On the 15th of August, the student's completed credits during the previous academic year will be checked.
  • If a student has completed 60 credits (30 credits in Master's degrees) or more, one is granted a scholarship and she/he does not have to pay the rest of the tuition fee*.
  • If a student has completed less than required, one needs to pay the rest of the tuition fee by the 31st of August. 

What if student does not pay the tuition fee

If a student does not pay half of the tuition fee by the end of May (or the later 50% payment by the end of August), one will lose her/his study entitlement. The decision shall be notified to a student and to the Finnish immigration service. The study entitlement can be regained by submitting an application to regain the study entitlement and paying the application handling fee 50 euros and tuition fee. If a student interrupts his/her studies in the middle of the academic year, the tuition fee is not reimbursed.

Transfer students

When a transfer student accept a study place via the transfer process, the study right ends in the present university and starts at Jamk in the beginning of the next academic term.

The tuition fee is based on regulations valid during the starting date of studies in the previous University of Applied Sciences where the student is transferring from. For example if you have started your studies 2022, and apply transfer to Jamk (and received it), your tuition fee will be 8000€ bachelor / 9000€ master, and scholarship 50%. 

  • The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 60 credits per academic year in the bachelor’s degrees (30 credits per semester).
  • The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 30 credits per academic year in the master’s degrees. 

These credits are counted from the student’s transcript of credits of the previous UAS (they are counted cumulatively). The scholarship can be received only for the standard study period and only for the semesters one has enrolled for attendance. Therefore, the fee must be paid for all semesters and academic years for which the student enrolls as attending student, including any possible extension period.

Students who gain admission via Open Study Path

The tuition fees also concern non-EU/EEA students who gain admission after applying via Open Study Path.

Students who will start their studies at Jamk as a degree student in academic term of spring 2023

  • The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 60 credits per academic year in the bachelor’s degrees (30 credits per semester).
  • The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 30 credits per academic year in the master’s degrees. 

Students who will start their studies at Jamk as a degree student in academic term of autumn 2023

  • The scholarship covers 40% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 60 credits per academic year in the bachelor’s degrees (30 credits per semester).
  • The scholarship covers 40% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 30 credits per academic year in the master’s degrees. 

Please note that tuition fees do not concern students studying as a Jamk Open UAS student (studies do not lead to a degree).

Regranted study right

The tuition fees also concern non-EU/EEA students who gain admission after applying for regranted study right.

Students whose study right at Jamk starts in academic term of spring 2023

  • The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 60 credits per academic year in the bachelor’s degrees (30 credits per semester).
  • The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 30 credits per academic year in the master’s degrees. 

Students whose study right at Jamk starts in academic term of autumn 2023

  • The scholarship covers 40% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 60 credits per academic year in the bachelor’s degrees (30 credits per semester).
  • The scholarship covers 40% of the tuition fee if a student earns at least 30 credits per academic year in the master’s degrees. 

We reserve the right to make changes. 

Terms and conditions

By paying the tuition fee, the student commits to the rules for tuition fee and scholarship system of Jamk. The tuition fee entitles the student to study and receive a degree and to use the general support services available for students at Jamk.

Paying in installments is not possible.

Jamk is obligated by Finnish Tax Law to report all awarded scholarships, with the minimum amount of 1.000 € per year, to tax authority.

Conditional admission

The admission of the student is conditional until:

  • the tuition fee is paid and Jamk has received a confirmation of the payment
  • the student has confirmed her/his study place
  • the student has enrolled for the academic year
  • the student has provided and Jamk has checked the applicant’s original school-leaving diploma and other relevant certificates

Withdrawal of study right / place

Jamk University of Applied Sciences will withdraw the study right:

  • if the applicant does not pay the tuition fee by the given deadline
  • if the applicant does not enroll for the academic year

If the applicant does not provide the above-mentioned school and other relevant certificates Jamk withdraws the study place. The decision shall be notified to a student and to the Finnish immigration service.

Tuition fee refund

The only case in which Jamk can refund the tuition fee (payment) is in the case a student’s residence permit application is declined, consequently, a student is not able to enter Finland. In this case, Jamk needs an official decision from the Finnish immigration service of the declined residence permit decision before the tuition fee is paid back for the student.

The refund is made only within two semesters. Thus, if an applicant does not send the negative residence permit decision document for Jamk within two semesters, the tuition fee will not be refunded for the applicant anymore.

Note, in a case a student has already paid the tuition fee for the entire academic year, but graduates by 31 December the fee is returned only if requested by the student.

We reserve the right to make changes. 

Other living costs

All students have to buy books and other educational material themselves as well as take care of their own travelling and living costs. Average monthly living cost in Finland for students are estimated to be about 750-1200 euros (eg. accommodation, food, public transport, study materials, health care, clothing, and leisure activities).

Students must make sure that their incomes cover basic living costs for the entire time spent studying in Finland. Sufficient income is a prerequisite for residence permit, which has to be verified on applying for the permit. The Finnish Immigration Service has determined that a student must have at least 560 euros/month (6 720 euros/year) at his/her disposal. Further information on the income requirement of the Finnish Immigration Service.

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