Scholarships and Fees

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Aalto University attracts talented students from across the world. We seek to recognise successful non-EU/EEA students across the world by awarding academic excellence. Citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) countries or Switzerland are not required to pay tuition fees while studying towards a degree at Aalto University. Most non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees. 

Tuition fees

Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English is subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens. Programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish are free of charge for all students. The tuition fee ranges from €12 000 to €15 000 per academic year depending on the programme:

  • €12 000 per academic year for study options leading to a bachelor’s degree and
  • €15 000 per academic year for study options leading to a master’s degree. 

The individual student’s fee will remain the same throughout the completion of the programme. There will not be an increase in the student’s tuition fee during his/her studies in the degree programme he/she was admitted to.

International double degree programmes have their own tuition fees and scholarship schemes, please read more from programmes' web pages.

Who will need to pay fees?

Citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are not required to pay tuition fees while studying towards a degree at Aalto University. Most non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees. 

The fees concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in 2017 or later. Tuition fees do not concern doctoral/PhD studies or bachelor's and master's degree studies in Finnish or Swedish.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who:

  • are equivalent to an EU citizen (i.e. citizens of Switzerland)
  • have a continuous or permanent residence permit card in Finland (type A or P permit)
  • have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (type P-EU permit)
  • have an EU family member's residence card in Finland
  • have an EU blue card in Finland

In order to be exempted from tuition fees, the residence permit has to be valid at the start of the academic year (i.e. 1 August). To prove your citizenship or residency status, you are required to enclose a copy of your valid passport or national ID card where your citizenship is indicated and a copy of your valid residence permit in Finland.

More information about determining one’s liability to pay and exemptions from tuition fees can be found on Studyinfo (studyinfo.fi). Information about the residence permit types is available on the Finnish Immigration Service website (migri.fi).

What does the tuition fee cover?

The tuition fee covers educational expenses such as courses, academic supervision, exams, counselling and university support services such as student services, use of library services and use of IT services, in accordance with university regulations and policy concerning degree studies.  

The tuition fee does not cover personal study related costs such as study materials (books, computer, printers and such), any other costs that may be charged according to the university rules (e.g. casing of thesis) or national legislation, nor the compulsory membership fee of the Student Union.

Students who are liable to pay tuition fee cannot enroll at the university before paying the tuition fee.

Fee-paying students and students with Aalto tuition fee waiver who do not succeed in finishing their studies within the normative duration (three years in bachelor education and two years in master education) may have their tuition waived for one supplementary semester to complete the studies. This is on the condition that the student’s studies have progressed and that a feasible plan is generated for the remaining semester. For general information on studies at Aalto please see section Studying at Aalto.

There will not be an increase in the student’s tuition fee during his/her studies in the degree programme he/she was admitted to.

How to make your tuition fee payment

Tuition fee is paid in one installment per academic year. For a newly admitted student, the invoice is sent after acceptance of the study place. Payment is due 30 days after the invoice date. Payment is done through bank transfer.

For subsequent instalments Aalto University issues an invoice in advance of each academic year, with payment due before the start of the semester. The due date for payment will be stated on the invoice.

If you are granted an Aalto University scholarship, the amount awarded will be deducted from your invoice accordingly.

Refund of tuition fee payment

You have a right to full refund (excluding possible bank-specific payment charges) of tuition fee paid to Aalto University:

  • if you have been conditionally admitted but do not graduate on time and your study place is cancelled,
  • if you are not granted a residence permit in Finland,
  • if your residence permit status changes before enrollment to the university and you are no longer required to pay fees,
  • if Aalto University is unable to offer the degree programme you have been admitted to

You may have a right to partial refund (excluding possible bank-specific payment charges) of the tuition fee paid to the university if your residence permit status changes during your studies and you are no longer required to pay fees. A residence permit card in Finland must be provided as evidence for university’s decision making. When a change in fee status is made during an ongoing semester, reimbursement of the tuition fee for that semester is, as a rule, not possible but fee will be reimbursed for the upcoming semester.

Scholarships

There are several ways to fund your studies at Aalto University. Prospective non-EU/EEA students applying to Aalto University Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes as well as Nordic Master programmes are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded from the Aalto University Scholarship programme. Certain international joint degree programmes have their own tuition fees and scholarship schemes. By a decision made by the Vice President in charge of Education, Aalto University's scholarships are not available in the CCIS second application round.

There are also some possibilities to apply for a scholarship outside Aalto University.

Aalto University reserves all rights to make changes to the scholarship programme.

Aalto University Scholarship programme

Aalto University Scholarship programme seeks to recognise talented non-EU/EEA students across the world by awarding academic excellence. Aalto University scholarships are merit-based and are granted on a competitive basis. The number of scholarships per degree programme is limited and depends on the overall number of selected non-EU/EEA students per degree programme.

Scope of scholarship

Scholarships cover either 50 % or 100 % of the tuition fee. Scholarship recipients must be able to fund their living costs, as per the requirements of the Finnish Immigration Service.

At the moment, Aalto University does not offer any scholarships to cover living costs in Finland. Students are expected to cover all living expenses (app. EUR 800 per month) and other study related costs from their own financial resources. More information about the living costs is available on the For future student webpage.

How to apply for a scholarship?

Non-EU/EEA citizens can apply for the scholarship at the same time they apply for their preferred study options with the same application form during the application period. Only students who are liable to pay tuition fee at Aalto University are eligible to apply for Aalto University scholarships (i.e. tuition fee waivers). It is not possible to apply for the scholarship after the application period has ended. Scholarships are not available in the CCIS second application round.

Scholarship decisions

The scholarship decisions are made on the basis of academic evaluation of the applicants selected to the study programmes. The scholarship decision is given at the same time with the admission decision. No appeal may be lodged against a university decision pertaining to a scholarship.

Duration of scholarship

Scholarships are granted for the normative period of study of the degree programme. Normative duration of studies is three years full-time study for bachelor’s degree and two years full-time study for master’s degree. Scholarship requires full-time study and goal-oriented progress in studies. Continuation of the scholarship after the first year requires progress in studies in compliance with the approved personal study plan.

Aalto University Incentive Scholarship Programme

In addition to the tuition fee waiver scholarships, Aalto has incentive based scholarships that reward fee paying students (i.e. students paying either full fee or partial fee) who make good progress in their studies at Aalto. The scholarship is granted to a student who has earned a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of programme studies in his/her personal study plan during one academic year. The scholarship is 1 500 EUR. The scholarship is paid in one instalment in the following autumn term (or upon graduation, when applicable).

Other scholarship possibilities

Below are listed other means to finance your studies at Aalto University.

International double degree programmes

Some International double degree programmes have their own tuition fees and scholarship schemes, please read more from programmes' web pages.

Programmes with their own scholarship schemes:

Country-specific scholarship possibilities

You can find information about different scholarship possibilities available in your country at

Russian citizens applying to full-time master level degree studies at one of the top 150 universities of the world, including Aalto University, may be eligible to apply for the Global Education Program (GEP) – a Russian government funding programme.

HAIC scholarship for CCIS Security and Cloud Computing

Applicants who apply for the Security and Cloud Computing within the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences may apply for the HAIC scholarship. Top students selected from among the applicants to the study option CCIS Security and Cloud Computing will be eligible to receive HAIC living cost scholarships or be offered part-time employment with research groups as HAIC honours students. More information about the scholarship and how to apply for it is available on the HAIC website (haic.aalto.fi).

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