Tuition fees and scholarships
Who needs to pay tuition fees?
- Most non-EU/EEA citizens have to pay tuition fees for a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme taught in English.
Who do not pay tuition fees?
- Citizens of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland do not pay tuition fees for degree studies.
- Holders of certain residence permits issued by the Finnish Immigration Service are also exempt from paying tuition fees. See the residence permit types on the exemption from tuition fees web page.
- Students of a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme taught in Finnish or Swedish.
- Non-EU/EEA students in a bachelor's programme taught in Finnish or Swedish: If you continue your studies in a master's programme taught in English, and you don't hold an exempting residence permit, you are required to pay tuition fees for your master's degree.
- Students of a doctoral programme.
How much is the tuition fee?
The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English is:
- 12 000 euros per academic year for bachelor’s degree programmes
Normative duration of bachelor's degree studies is 3 academic years.
- 15 000 euros per academic year for master’s degree programmes
Normative duration of master's degree studies is 2 academic years.
International joint degree programmes may have their own tuition fees and scholarship schemes, please read more on joint programmes' web pages
The tuition fee covers
- educational expenses such as courses, academic supervision, exams, and counselling
- university support services such as student services, use of library and IT services, in accordance with the university regulations and policies concerning degree studies.
The tuition fee does not cover
- personal study-related costs such as study materials (books, computers, printers and such)
- any other costs that may be charged according to the university rules or national legislation (e.g. casing of thesis).
You also have to pay the mandatory fees for the Student Union membership and FSHS healthcare services yourself.
The tuition fee is paid as a single instalment for each academic year. It is not possible to pay the tuition fee in two or more instalments per year.
If you are a new student, the invoice is sent after you have accepted the admission offer. For each following academic year of study, the tuition fee invoice is sent to you before the start of the forthcoming enrollment period (i.e. towards the end of spring term). The due date for payment will be stated in the invoice.
The invoice is sent by email. Payment is done through bank transfer, and the currency used is the euro (EUR). Please note that banks may charge additional fees for money-transfers and that any such charges cannot be deducted from the amount of the tuition fee. For more information about the bank-specific fees and charges, please contact your bank.
Detailed instructions for the payment will be in the invoice, such as the university bank details and invoice number. It is important to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any unnecessary delays. Please make sure that you include the reference number from the invoice correctly, as it will enable the university to connect the payment with your details and allows you to enroll as soon as the payment has been confirmed by the university.
After payment, you will receive a receipt by email as soon as the payment has cleared (usually within a week).
Students who are liable to pay tuition fee cannot enroll at the university before paying the tuition fee.
If you are granted a tuition fee waiver, the amount awarded will be deducted from your invoice accordingly.
- If you are awarded a category B scholarship (50 % tuition fee waiver), your invoice will be half the tuition fee for that academic year.
- If you are awarded a category A scholarship (100 % tuition fee waiver), you will not receive an invoice.
You have a right to a full refund (excluding any bank charges) of a tuition fee paid to Aalto if:
- you have been conditionally admitted but do not meet the conditions (including any given deadline for submission of documents) and your place is cancelled,
- you are not granted a residence permit in Finland and therefore cannot start or continue your studies,
- your residence permit status changes before the end of the enrolment period and you are no longer liable to pay fees (in such case the new Finnish residence permit card must be presented as proof before the end of the enrolment period),
- you are prevented from starting your studies by circumstances evidently beyond your control (force majeure),
- you bindingly renounce your right to study during the enrolment period,
- you enroll as non-attending due to reasons specified in the law (during first year of studies) or change your status from attending to non-attending (after first year of studies) during the enrolment period,
- the university is unable to offer the degree programme you have been admitted to.
You may request a partial, one-term refund (excluding any bank charges) of the tuition fee if you renounce your right to study or change your status to non-attending during the enrolment period before the start of spring term. The same applies if your residence permit changes during the studies so that you are no longer deemed liable to pay fees. In such case a Finnish residence permit card must be provided as proof so that the university may revise your status.
Please note that changes in the fee status made in the middle of term do not result in the reimbursement of the tuition fee for that term. The revised status will be effective, as a rule, from the beginning of the following term. You can contact [email protected] to request a refund (where applicable), and get the relevant form to be submitted and information on needed supporting documents.
For other issues related to financing your studies and stay in Finland, please see the moving to Finland and financial matters page.