If you are from outside the EU/EEA area, you are required to pay tuition fees for bachelor’s and master’s level programmes which are taught in English. The annual tuition fee depends on the university and the degree programme. If you are uncertain what the fees are, check in the Studyinfo.fi programme specific descriptions, or from the university you are applying to. You can also use the "Am I required to pay tuition fees?" checklist at Studyinfo.fi to check if you are exempt from tuition fees, for example in case you are already permanently residing in Finland.
Remember that if you are required to pay tuition fees, you are also eligible to apply for the institution’s scholarships. Each university has its own scholarship programme. So check the available scholarship options with the university or UAS you're applying to!
On doctoral level tuition fees are not charged, regardless of your nationality.
You are usually required to independently cover your everyday living costs. You need to show that you have sufficient means of support as well as insurance when you apply for your student residence permit.
Monthly living expenses for students (including food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc.) are around €700 - €900, depending on where you live and your personal living habits. Living costs are typically higher in larger cities than in smaller ones.
Student union fees
University students are required to pay an annual student union fee, which is approximately €80 - €100. There are similar student unions at universities of applied sciences (UAS), but the membership is optional. When you join your local student union you get a student card entitling you to discounts in places like student restaurants and when using public transport.