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Tuition Fee
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Tuition Fee


Do I have to pay a tuition fee?
Studies in higher education are free for students with a nationality of a country within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries (excluding Switzerland) are required to pay the LUT tuition fee of EUR 10 000 for the Master's Programmes per each academic year. Please see the exceptions to this requirement at Scholarships and Fees.

I have both an EU/EEA nationlity and a non-EU/EEA nationality. Which nationality I have to apply with?
You must apply with your EU/EEA (or Swiss) nationality to avoid paying the tuition fee. If being a citizen of the United Kingdom with the conditions listed at About Brexit by Finnish Immigration Service (MIGRI) you are exempted from paying the tuition fee and you must then apply with your UK nationality.

When do I have to pay the tuition fee for the first academic year?
You can pay the tuition fee of EUR 10 000 in two installments before starting your studies; the first installment of EUR 5 000 is due at the end of April and the second installment of EUR 5 000 at the end May.
If having received a 50% Tuition Fee Waiver, you will pay the remaining EUR 5 000 by the end of April.
Please note that if you are required to apply for a Residence Permit and pay a tuition fee, your application process will be on hold until you have paid the tuition fee or, are able to show the funding for it.

Where and how can I pay the tuition fee?
You can pay the tuition fee at LUTshop / lut.fi/tuition. If not being able to pay the tuition fee at LUTshop, kindly send e-mail to scholarships[a]lut.fi to order an invoice for the payment. The DL for the invoice payment is the same as when paying at LUTshop.

What happens if I do not pay the tuition fee?
You will not be included in the LUT University study register and the time within you have to complete your studies will be reduced with the time period for which you have not paid the tuition fee. You will also lose the Tuition Fee Waiver you have possibly been awarded.
If not having paid your tuition fee for the first academic year, you are not able to start your studies - and if you do not start your studies by a certain date in September (informed in your admission e-mail), you will lose your study right. The payment must be available in the LUT University account by that certain date and time informed in the e-mail including your admission decision.

How do you decide whoever gets to be exempted from paying a tuition fee?
The basic rule is that citizens of the non-EU/EEA countries (excluding Switzerland) must pay a tuition fee. Please see the exceptions to this requirement at Scholarships and Fees.
The decision for being exempted from paying the tuition fee or not is made by LUT University at the time of applying, based on the nationality or, a status for the Finnish Residence Permit Card (if already having one) or, for the UK citizens who have arrived in Finland before January 1, 2021, based on having registered, or applied to register, their EU Right of Residence in Finland in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement.

I already have a Finnish Residence Permit Card allowing me to get exempted from paying the tuition fee.
How do I secure that exemption?

You must upload a copy for your Residence Permit Card to your application when applying to the programme.

What happens if I have already paid the tuition fee but will not be granted a residence permit by The Finnish Immigration Service?
If not having started your studies, you are allowed to get a full refund of 100% for the amount you have already paid for.
If possibly having started your studies online and been awarded ECTS credits for them and then quitting your studies, you will lose the tuition fee you have paid for that ongoing semester (50% of the total payment for the academic year). The rest of the tuition fee payment for the next semester will be refunded (50% of the total payment for the academic year).

I am conditionally accepted and have already paid the tuition fee, but cannot graduate by the given DL and provide LUT University with the required documents as requested. What will happen?
If not being able to fulfill the requirements for the conditionally admitted students, you will lose your right to study and will be refunded by the amount of the tuition fee you have already paid for. LUT University will however, charge you for EUR 250 for the administrative costs.

During the application period, I had a Finnish Residence Permit Card allowing me to get exempted from paying a tuition fee.
However, it will expire before starting my studies. What do I have to do?

You are exempted from paying a tuition fee as long as you have one of the Finnish residence permits listed, so you must e-mail a copy for your new Finnish RP card to scholarships[a]lut.fi asap after having received it. If the status no longer allows you to get exempted from paying the tuition fee, the tuition fee will be charged from you. 

My Finnish Residence Permit Card allows me to get exempted from paying a tuition fee.
However, it will expire during the academic year. Do I have to pay a tuition fee then?

You are exempted from paying it as long as you have one of the Finnish residence permits listed. When that RP Card expires and the new one not being one of those allowing you to get exempted from paying the tuition fee, you are required to pay the tuition fee from that date of the new RP onwards.

What happens if I have already paid the tuition fee and will then get a Finnish Residence Permit Card with the status that allows me to get exempted from paying the tuition fee?
If you are able to provide LUT Scholarships with a copy of your Finnish Residence Permit Card by July 31 (=before the academic year starts) the amount you have already paid for will be refunded to you in full.
If providing LUT Scholarships with a copy of your Finnish Residence Permit Card within August 1-July 31 (=during the academic year), the tuition fee will be partially refunded. You will get refunded by the remaining days to come but not for the days that have already passed. The amount for the tuition fee is divided by 365 when indicating the days and the amount of money to be refunded.

I have paid the tuition fee for the whole academic year but will now graduate before the academic year is over.
Will I be refunded a part of the tuition fee I already paid for?

The remaining part for the tuition fee after the graduation date will be refunded to you based on a EUR/day calculation.

I have paid the tuition fee but will now quit my studies and give up my study place without graduating?
What will happen?

If quitting your studies, you will lose the tuition fee that you have paid for that ongoing semester (50% of the total payment). The rest 50% of the payment for the next semester you will be refunded.

I am going to complete a student exchange period or an internship abroad. Do I still have to pay the tuition fee?
Yes, you do have to pay the tuition fee even if going for exchange studies or for an internship abroad.

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Scholarships = Tuition Fee Waivers

Am I eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Waiver?
You are eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Waiver when applying through Regular / Double Degree / Joint Degree / Trilateral Degree Admission and when required to pay a tuition fee. When applying through Rolling Admission, there are no Tuition Fee Waivers available for the first academic year. For the second academic year, there is a possibility to apply for a Tuition Fee Waiver under certain circumstances.

How can I apply for a Tuition Fee Waiver?
You can apply for a Tuition Fee Waiver on the same application form when applying for the Master's Programme. You will be applying for a Tuition Fee Waiver in general, not for a certain type of Tuition Fee Waiver.

What is the criteria for being awarded a Tuition Fee Waiver ?
There is no additional criteria for applying or awarding a Tuition Fee Waiver. A certain number of Tuition Fee Waivers for each programme offering them will be granted in the order of the highest points scored in the academic evaluation during the admission process.

What are my chances for being awarded a Tuition Fee Waiver ?
No preliminary statements about anybody's possibility for getting a Tuition Fee Waiver can be given as it all depends on the other applicants as well and how successful you are in the selection process compared to them.

When will I know if I have been granted a Tuition Fee Waiver or not?
You will receive an e-mail about your admission decision on the date of publishing the admission decisions for LUT University. If admitted, the information about having been awarded a Tuition Fee Waiver or not will be included in that e-mail. If having been granted a Tuition Fee Waiver, an official Scholarship Decision for that same Tuition Fee Waiver will be e-mailed to you together with a Certificate of Admission.

Do I have to pay taxes for a Tuition Fee Waiver ?
You do not have to pay taxes for the Tuition Fee Waiver .

Can I have a part-time job, if having been awarded a Tuition Fee Waiver?
You can have a part-time job without it effecting your Tuition Fee Waiver.

I was granted a Tuition Fee Waiver when admitted.
For how long can I receive it during my studies?

For a 2-year Master's Programme, you are able to have the Tuition Fee Waiver for a maximum of 2 academic years (4 semesters). To get the Tuition Fee Waiver on the second year as well, you must have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your personal study plan during your first academic year.
For the Double Degree studies, you are able to have the Tuition Fee Waiver for a maximum of 1 academic year (2 semesters) .
For the Trilateral or Joint Degree studies, you are able to have the Tuition Fee Waiver for the academic year or semesters that you will study at LUT University.

What are the requirements for having a Tuition Fee Waiver for the second academic year as well?
In the 2-year programmes, to get the Tuition Fee Waiver for the second year as well, you must have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your personal study plan during your first academic year. These credits must be included on your Transcript of Records by the end of the first academic year i.e. by July 31.

I was not granted a Tuition Fee Waiver for the first academic year.
Is there a possibility to apply one for the second year?

You are able to apply for a 100% Tuition Fee Waiver, if having completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your personal study plan during the first academic year with the minimum GPA of 4.00 on the LUT scale of 1.00-5.00.
You are able to apply for a 50% Tuition Fee Waiver, if having completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your personal study plan during the first academic year with the minimum GPA of 3.75 on the LUT scale of 1.00-5.00.
The required credits must be included on your Transcript of Records by the end of the first academic year i.e. by July 31.

I was granted a 50% Tuition Fee Waiver when admitted.
Any chances on upgrading it for the second academic year?

You are able to apply for a 100% Tuition Fee Waiver, if having completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your personal study plan during the first academic year with the minimum GPA of 4.00 on the LUT scale of 1.00-5.00.

I was granted a 100% Tuition Fee Waiver when admitted.
Any chances on upgrading it for the second academic year?

Upgrading a 100% Tuition Fee Waiver is not possible.

I was granted a Tuition Fee Waiver when admitted and now I wish to apply for another Master's Programme.
Do I get to keep the Tuition Fee Waiver?

The Tuition Fee Waiver is awarded to you for a certain Master's Programme. If wishing to apply to another programme, you will lose the Tuition Fee Waiver originally awarded to you and have to apply for a new one. It may very well be that you will not be awarded a Tuition Fee Waiver for the new programme as it will all depend on the other applicants as well, while a certain number of Tuition Fee Waivers for each programme offering them will be granted in the order of the highest points scored in the academic evaluation during the admission process.

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