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Changes to the monitoring of study progress


From now on, the monitoring of study progress conducted annually in October will cover the entire period of study and take into account all higher education studies. This change improves the situation of students who are studying for several higher education degrees at the same time. On the other hand, it also includes any previous unfinished studies and the months of aid used for them in the monitoring, as beginning new studies after failing to complete the previous course of study no longer resets the counter for satisfactory study progress. However, students may explain the reasons for failing to complete their previous studies when answering the possible letter requesting further information. Kela tries to take this into account in its decisions.

Kela checks whether higher education students’ study progress has been satisfactory annually in October. The monitoring conducted next October concerns the academic year of 1 August 2017–31 July 2018 as well as the student’s entire period of study in higher education institutions in Finland. All credits and used months of aid from Finnish higher education studies since 1 August 2011 will be taken into account when monitoring study progress.

Students must have an average of at least 5 credits for each used month of aid and a minimum of 20 credits during each academic year. Kela’s monitoring looks at the average number of credits during the previous academic year or, if needed, the entire period of study. If the student knows that they will not get enough credits, they can either cancel or pay back their student aid. However, cancelling or paying back months of aid does not affect the minimum requirement of 20 credits. What is new is that the minimum requirement does not apply to the academic year during which a student with a spring graduation date completes their higher education degree.

Students who graduate before having their study progress monitored are considered to have made satisfactory study progress. If their studies continue after the completion of a higher education degree, their credits and months of aid will be taken into account starting from the beginning of the month following the completion of their degree – in other words, completing a bachelor’s degree, for instance, resets the monitoring.

More information is available on Kela’s website.

Hannele Kirveskoski
Specialist (subsistence, international affairs)
050 543 9608