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When you study full-time, you are not entitled to earnings-related daily allowance. The TE Office assesses whether your studies are full time and gives a labour policy statement on the outcome. In the case of short-term studying, even full-time activities may not stop us from paying you a daily allowance. Read more about short-term studies here.

The following are considered full-time studies:

  1. studies that lead to a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree at a university or a university of applied sciences

  2. upper secondary school studies with a scope of at least 75 courses according to the syllabus

  3. studies other than those mentioned above with a syllabus containing an average scope of five ECTS credits, three credits, or 4.5 competence points per one study month

  4. studies other than those mentioned in items 1–3 with an average scope, according to the syllabus, of at least 25 hours per week.

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

We will consider you to have finished your studies when

  • you graduate from the educational institution
  • you quit 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 part of a vocational course and will not continue your studies
  • labour policy training has finished and you will not continue your studies
  • your training for a competency-based qualification has finished, or
  • you have interrupted your studies for at least a year.

It pays to be a member of YTK while you study

Although you are not entitled to earnings-related daily allowance during your studies, it pays to be a member of YTK. With your active membership, your earnings-related security also is active, if you cannot find a job after graduation.

Studying is a period not taken into account when determining your working condition. It means that we will consider the working condition you accrued before you started studying. From the perspective of the Unemployment Security Act, it means that studying extends the review period for the working condition. The normal review period is 28 months, but it can be extended up to seven years due to studying.

You should also remember that you can only accrue your working condition if you are a member of an unemployment fund.

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