When you study full-time, you are not entitled to earnings-related daily allowance. The TE Office evaluates the full-time nature of the studies and gives a labour policy statement on its evaluation.

The following are considered to be full-time studies:

  1. studies that aim at a degree at a university of applied sciences, higher degree at a university of applied sciences, or a lower or higher university degree taken at a university
  2. upper secondary school studies whose scope according to the syllabus is at least 75 courses
  3. studies other than those mentioned in items 1 and 2 whose scope according to the syllabus is on average five ECTS credits, three credits or 4.5 expertise points per one study month
  4. studies other than those mentioned in items 1–3 whose scope according to the syllabus is on average at least 25 weekly hours.

When you study full-time, you will be considered a full-time student until you complete your studies. If you are completing the full syllabus of upper secondary school or comprehensive school, you will be a full-time student until the end of the term.

Studies can be considered to have ended when

  • you graduate from the educational institution
  • you resign from the educational institution or give up your right to study at the university
  • you lose your right to study or it is cancelled
  • you have completed a vocational part-degree and will not continue your studies
  • labour policy training has ended and you will not continue your studies
  • your training preparing for a skills demonstration has ended, or
  • your studies have been interrupted for at least a year.

It is worthwhile to remain a member of YTK during studies

Although you are not entitled to receive earnings-related daily allowance during studies, it is nevertheless worthwhile to remain a member of YTK. By keeping your membership, your earnings-related security is active, if you can’t find a job after graduation.

Studying is a period not taken into account in the condition regarding employment. It means that your condition regarding employment may include work that you have done before starting your studies. From the point of view of the Unemployment Security Act it means that studying extends the review period for the condition regarding employment. Normally the review period is 28 months, but it can be extended by as much as seven years due to studying.

You should also keep in mind that you can only accumulate a new condition regarding employment if you are a member of an unemployment fund.

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