International students

Exemption from tuition fees

Holders of certain residence permits issued by the Finnish Immigration Service are exempted from paying tuition fees.

Exempting documents

Certain residence permit types issued for residence in Finland exempt from tuition fee liability.
Tuition fees do not concern those non-EU/EEA students who have:

  • a permanent residence permit card in Finland, type P permit
  • a continuous residence permit card in Finland, type A permit, issued on other grounds than studying.
    If you have a continuous residence permit card in Finland (type A) issued for studies, you are liable to pay tuition fees.
  • an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (type P-EU permit)
  • an EU family member's residence card in Finland
  • an EU blue card in Finland 
  • a Brexit residence permit card, type SEU-sopimuksen 50 artikla = Right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, or P SEU-sopimuksen 50 artikla = Right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement 

Please note that if you have a continuous residence permit card in Finland (type A) issued for studies, you are liable to pay tuition fees.

More information about determining your liability to pay (and exemptions from) tuition fees can be found on Studyinfo. Information about the residence permits is available on the Finnish Immigration Service website.

Informing the student services of tuition fee exemptions

To prove your citizenship or residency status, you are required to provide a valid passport or national ID card where your citizenship is indicated, and a copy of valid residence permit or proof of right of residence in Finland.

In order to be exempted from tuition fees for the whole academic year, your residence permit or right of residence has to be valid at the start of that academic year (i.e. 1st of August). In order to be exempted for the spring term, in case the exemption starts in the middle of the academic year, your residence permit or right of residence has to be valid at the start of the spring term (i.e. 1st of January).

You must present the new residence permit card or other exempting document to the student services as proof before the end of the enrolment period in order for the exemption to be valid from the beginning of the academic year. Changes in tuition fee liability made in the middle of term will be effective, as a rule, from the beginning of the following term.

The status of the exemption will be checked annually before the enrollment period begins. If your residence permit type changes or you are granted a new residence permit card that extends the current exemption, please send a message to [email protected].

Validity of tuition fee exemptions

The tuition fee exemption is tied to the time that the exempting residence permit is valid: if the permit runs out and is not renewed, full tuition fee liability will normally start from the beginning of the academic year following the end of the exempting permit, that is, from the 1st of August. In some cases, as in the enrolment in January after non-attendance in autumn term, the liability will start from the term following the end of the exempting permit, i.e. from the 1st of January.

If you become liable to tuition fees in the middle of your studies due to a change in your residence permit type, you may be entitled to apply for a scholarship – please see the web page Aalto Reserve Scholarships.

Tuition fees and scholarships
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