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Student aid will undergo some changes at the turn of the year, with the most important ones summarised below. More comprehensive information on the changes can be found on Kela’s website.

Students’ income limits start to be raised

Besides student aid, students may have other income up to the amount of the annual income limit. The limit is defined based on the number of months for which the student has received student aid during the year. Further information on income limits.

From the beginning of 2018, the annual income limits in the income check for student aid will be raised by 1%, and after this, index increments will be made every two years. For instance, if a student receives student aid for 9 months next year, they can have a maximum of €11,973 of other income, whereas the annual income limit for 9 months of aid this year is €11,850.

Student aid is paid earlier

Starting at the beginning of 2018, the study grant and possible housing supplement (only for those living abroad or in Åland because of their studies) will be paid on the first day of each month or on the first banking day after it. This means that student aid and general housing allowance will be paid on the same day in the future.

Processing student aid issues in higher education institutions ends – no action from students required

All higher education institutions in Finland have had a study grants board responsible for issues related to monitoring study progress, evaluating the extension of the period of eligibility for student aid and evaluating the sufficiency of summer studies, for instance. Starting on 1 January 2018, all student aid issues will be decided by Kela. The operation of study grants boards in higher education institutions ends and, at the same time, the processing of student aid applications in all universities ceases. These changes aim to ensure the efficient and uniform processing of student aid issues and to guarantee the equal status of all students.

This change does not require students to take any action. Payment of student aid continues according to your student aid decision, and in the future, you must conduct your business with Kela in matters related to student aid. You can do this through Kela’s eServicesor phone service, in Kela’s local offices or in Kela’s customer service locations. You can check the contact details from Kela’s website.

Provider supplement added to student aid!

A provider supplement of €75 will be added to the study grant of student aid. This increases the amount of study grant for students who provide for a child from €250.28 to €325.28 per month. Students who provide for a child under 18 years of age and receive the study grant have the right to receive the provider supplement. The supplement will be added to the study grant automatically.

The provider supplement is not taken into account in housing allowance or conscript’s allowance or when assigning client fees for early childhood education, for instance.

Further information:


Hannele Kirveskoski
Specialist (subsistence, international affairs)
+350 543 9608
hannele.kirveskoski@hyy.fi

HYY has appointed new student representatives to the faculty councils of all faculties and the University Collegium for the next two years this autumn. The new representatives start in their positions on 1 January 2018. The names of all new student representatives have been published on HYY’s website – check who are representing the students of your faculty!

What do student representatives do?
Student representatives are members of various decision-making bodies at the University, such as the faculty councils and the University Collegium. They ensure that students’ interests are not trampled upon when making decisions that concern studies and student life. They voice students’ opinions in meetings, advance and defend issues that are important to students and develop the University to look increasingly like its students. More information about student representatives’ activities can be found here. By contacting the student representatives of your faculty about flaws related to your studies or ideas to develop the University, you can get your voice heard in the University’s decision-making processes.

What faculty council?
The faculty councils are administrative bodies consisting of the faculty’s professors, other staff members and students, chaired by the dean. The faculty councils are responsible for developing teaching and research at the faculty, controlling quality management of research and teaching, deciding on issues such as degree requirements, the curricula, student selection criteria and the guidelines for financial and personnel matters as well as processing far-reaching plans and other important matters of principle at the faculty. Staff members of the faculty councils have been selected, and the results for each faculty have been published in the University’s intranet, Flamma (requires logging in).

What Collegium?
The University Collegium is an administrative body processing matters that are significant for the entire University. It has representatives of professors, other staff members and students from all eleven faculties of the University. Starting next year, students of the Swedish School of Social Science will also be represented. The tasks of the University Collegium include appointing members from outside the University community to the University Board, the highest decision-making body of the University, appointing the Chancellor of the University and university auditors as well as confirming the university's financial statements and annual report. The staff members for the University Collegium are selected early next year.

Why does HYY select the student representatives?
The selection of student representatives to the administrative bodies of the University is a statutory task. The Student Union strives to organise the selections of student representatives in an open and transparent manner and hopes to get as diverse a group of students as applicants as possible. This autumn, student representatives have been selected for the first time with a new application procedure instead of elections. All students registered for attendance for this academic year had the opportunity to apply for the positions of student representatives, and selection committees formed from among the students of each faculty processed the applications. The student representatives to the University Collegium are selected by HYY’s Representative Council, whereas HYY’s Board makes the selection decisions for faculty councils and other administrative bodies.

For further information on matters related to student representation, please contact HYY’s Specialist in Educational Policy Jenna Sorjonen, jenna.sorjonen(at)hyy.fi, 050 325 5202.

Would you like to influence the study environment at your faculty? Are you interested in student life related health issues? Are you willing to support health promotion?

One of the central tasks of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) is health promotion. Locally this health promotion work is organized through working groups, which include both representatives of the staff of the FSHS, students, university staff and other stakeholders. The health promotion of the students of the University of Helsinki is organized by two working groups, one for the faculties of the City Centre Campus and one for the faculties operating at Kumpula, Meilahti and Viikki Campuses.

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) is now looking for a deputy member to represent the students of the Faculty of Theology for the rest of the term until August 31 2019 in the City Centre Campus working group. The working groups currently work in Finnish, so a basic command of the Finnish language is advisable. Please see the Finnish or Swedish version of the ad for more information on the working groups and on how to apply. The deadline for applications is Sunday December 17.

Further information: Sofia Lindqvist, Specialist at HYY, sofia.lindqvist@hyy.fi, 050 543 9605.

The Representative Council of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki appointed the new Board for 2018 in its meeting on 4 December. The Board is formed by the Representative Council group of Subject Organisations HYAL, the Social Democratic Students’ Association OSY, the Representative Council group of Student Nations, the Independent Left and HYY’s Greens. Edistykselliset, Svenska Nationer och Ämnesföreningar SNÄf and HELP will be in the opposition in 2018.

Student of Law Lauri Linna was selected as the Chair of the Board. He represents the Representative Council group of the Independent Left. Linna has acted in HYY’s Board in 2017 as the Chair of the Financial Committee and been in charge of legal protection, organisations’ equality and Finno-Ugric cooperation.

‘The Student Union’s 150th Anniversary is a great opportunity to do big things. We have the opportunity to make the Student Union even more well-known, more accessible and closer to its members than before. We can turn the Student Union into a community which everyone can feel is theirs regardless of their own background and which has the power to fight for a more just world’, the new chairperson, Linna, states.

HYY’s Board in 2018:
Lauri Linna, chairperson (Independent Left), Krista Laitila, vice chairperson (HYAL), Sara Järvinen, Chair of the Financial Committee (HYAL), Amanda Pasanen (Greens), Aleksanteri Gustafsson (OSY), Titta Hiltunen (Independent Left), Jane Kärnä (HYAL), Mathilda Timmer (HYAL), Topias Tolonen (Student Nations), Laura Wathén (HYAL), Julius Uusinarkaus (Independent Left), Sebastian Österman (Greens).

The term of the new Board lasts one year and begins in January 2018.

From left to right Laura Wathén, Jane Kärnä, Topias Tolonen, Julius Uusinarkaus, Aleksanteri Gustafsson and Mathilda Timmer. In the top row Krista Laitila, Sebastian Österman, Sara Järvinen and Laura Linna. Titta Hiltunen and Amanda Pasanen are missing. 

Further information:
Lauri Linna, Chair of HYY’s Board in 2018
tel. 050 595 0324
lauri.linna(at)hyy.fi