Scholarships and Fees

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If you are a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) member state, you are not required to pay tuition fees for degree studies. Most non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees for an English language bachelor’s or master’s degree programme. You can find more information under FAQ Do I need to pay fees?

Tuition fees

Bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English have a tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens. There are no fees for doctoral programmes.

The tuition fee ranges from €12 000 to €15 000 per academic year depending on the programme:

  • €12 000 per academic year for bachelor’s degree programmes
  • €15 000 per academic year for master’s degree programmes 

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

Scholarships

Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.
Certain international joint degree programmes have their own tuition fees and scholarship schemes. 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. 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. Scholarships are allocated during the academic evaluation stage as part of the admissions process of a specific study option. The best applicants of a specific study option liable to tuition fees may be awarded a scholarship. For academic evaluation criteria of the study option, please see the study option website.

Scope of scholarship

Aalto scholarships cover either 50 % (Category B) or 100 % (Category A) of the tuition fee. Aalto Scholarships are awarded as tuition fee waivers.

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?

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you can apply for the scholarship at the same time you apply for your preferred study option with the same application form during the application period. In the application form for the study option, you will be asked questions by which your liability to fees is determined. If you are considered liable to a tuition fee, you will be offered an option to apply or not apply for a Aalto University Scholarship. Only students who are liable to pay tuition fees 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.

Scholarship decisions

The scholarship decisions are made based on academic evaluation of the applicants selected to the study programmes. Applications are evaluated in the programmes according to the predefined academic evaluation criteria (available on the programmes’ website). The scholarship decision is given at the same time with the admission decision. As defined in the Universities Act, the scholarship decision cannot be appealed to.

Duration of scholarship

Scholarships are granted for the normative period of study of the degree programme. The normative study period is three (3) years full-time study for bachelor’s degree and two (2) years full-time study for master’s degree. Scholarship requires full-time study and studying according to 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 if you have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of programme studies in your personal study plan during one academic year. The scholarship is 1 500 EUR. The scholarship is paid 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 Security and Cloud Computing

Helsinki-Aalto Center for Information Security (HAIC) will select several HAIC Scholars from the top applicants admitted to the Security and Cloud Computing within the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences or SECCLO – Master’s Programme in Security and Cloud Computing (Erasmus Mundus). A HAIC Scholar will receive generous financial aid including living cost support in the form of living cost scholarships or honours student position (part-time research-related employment during the semesters). For more information about the scholarship and how to apply for it is available on the HAIC website (haic.aalto.fi).

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition fees

Do I need to pay fees?

If you are a citizen of the member states of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are not required to pay tuition fee for bachelor’s or master’s degree studies. Most non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees. There are no tuition fees for doctoral/PhD studies nor for bachelor's and master's degree studies that are taught in Finnish or Swedish. Please note that if you wish to study in Finnish or Swedish, you must fulfill specific language criteria. 

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 based on residence status, your 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 your 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 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 (1) supplementary semester to complete the studies. This is on the condition that the student’s studies have progressed and that a feasible plan has been drawn and approved by the School in question for the remaining semester. For general information on studies at Aalto, please see section Studying at Aalto.

How do I pay the tuition fee?

Tuition fee is paid in one installment per academic year. If you are a new student, the invoice is sent after you have accepted the offered 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 an Aalto University scholarship student, the amount awarded (50%) of the tuition fee will be deducted from your invoice. If you have been awarded a 100% scholarship, you will not receive an invoice.

In what cases will my tuition fee be refunded?

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 thus 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. You must provide a Finnish residence permit as proof 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

Am I eligible to apply for a Aalto University scholarship?

If you are required to pay a tuition fee, you are also eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Do you offer Aalto University scholarships that cover living costs?

At the moment, Aalto university does not offer university-wide scholarships to cover living costs in Finland. The costs of living are higher in the capital region (Espoo, Helsinki and Vantaa) than elsewhere in the country. Thus, you should prepare to have about 800 euros per month to cover your living costs in Finland. In order to be granted a residence permit, the Finnish immigration authorities require you to have sufficient means to support yourself financially in Finland. More information about the living costs is available on the For future student webpage. For information about requirements for a residence permit, please see the Finnish Immigration Service website (www.migri.fi).

Can I do a student exchange period or an internship abroad? Do I still have to pay the tuition fee or will my possible scholarship cover the exchange period?

Yes, you can go on an exchange period or internship abroad. You do have to pay the tuition fee even if going for exchange studies or for an internship abroad. If you have been awarded a scholarship for your degree at Aalto, you will receive the scholarship for your studies abroad as well.

Can the University increase the tuition fee during my studies?

No, your annual tuition fee is fixed upon year of entry for the degree programme you were admitted to.

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in two or more instalments?

No, it is not possible. The tuition fee must be paid as a single instalment for the following academic year.

Am I able to postpone the beginning of the studies by one year?

According to the Universities Act Section 39 you are not able to postpone the beginning of the studies, unless in situations specified in the Act. New students must register as attending for the first academic year of your studies.

How about housing costs, meal plans or health insurance? Are those included in the tuition fee?

Aalto University Scholarship Programme covers 50 or 100 percent of the tuition fee. You must ensure that you have enough financial means to pay your rent, personal expenses, transportation costs, meals, insurance etc.

As a Student Union (AYY) member you are entitled to a significant student meal discount in student restaurants and reductions in the public transport. You are also provided free or affordable general, mental and oral health care services by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). Please remember to check that you have a valid health insurance since the FSHS only provides basic health care services and does not e.g. perform extensive medical operations nor has its own accident and emergency service unit. A valid health insurance is also one of the requirements for a residence permit. Please see the Finnish Immigration Service website for more information on health insurance requirements.

I come from an EU/EEA-country; may I apply for Aalto scholarship?

No, if you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you are not required to pay tuition fees for your degree studies. In that case you are not eligible to apply for a Aalto University Scholarship (i.e. tuition fee waiver). Aalto scholarship Programme is for students from outside EU/EEA who are required to pay tuition fees.

What if Brexit happens during my studies?

The tuition fees for the citizen of the United Kingdom will be re-evaluated after the agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom is concluded. Unfortunately we are not able to provide further information before the legal framework of Brexit has been decided.

If I apply for and I am not granted a scholarship, can I still accept my admission offer?

Yes, you can, but you will need to have the funds for the tuition fee and living expenses.

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