FAQ:
Tuition Fee and Scholarships for Master's Programmes

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 the non-EU/EEA countries (excluding Switzerland) are required to pay the LUT tuition fee of EUR 13 500 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?
If you wish to get the Early Bird Discount of EUR 6 000, and pay the remaining tuition fee of EUR 7 500, you must pay the tuition fee within three weeks from having received the Certificate of Admission.
The ultimate and final deadline to confirm the place is however, always 30 April 2022 at 15:00 (UTC+3) without any exceptions.
If you don't wish to use the option for the Early Bird Discount, you can pay the tuition fee of EUR 13 500 in two installments before starting your studies; the first installment of EUR XXX is due at the end of April and the second installment of EUR XXX at the end May. The exact amount of EUR per each installments for the next application period will be released in Fall 2021.
Please note that if 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, you must submit the form for ordering an invoice for the tuition fee payment - a link for the that form is included in your admission e-mail. 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 right to study. The payment must be paid by that certain date informed in your admission e-mail.

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 1 January 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 at the time of 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 31 July (=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 1-31 August (=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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First Academic Year: Early Bird Discount

I am required to pay a tuition fee of EUR 13 500. Is there any Early Bird Discount available?
Yes, the Early Bird Discount is EUR 6 000.

How can I get an Early Bird Discount?
In Regular Admission, if required to pay the tuition fee of EUR 13 500, you can get the Early Bird Discount of EUR 6 000 by paying the remaining tuition fee of EUR 7 500 within three weeks from having received the Certificate of Admission. The ultimate and final deadline to confirm the place is however, always 30 April 2022 at 15:00 (UTC+3) without any exceptions.

In Rolling Admission, if required to pay the tuition fee of EUR 13 500, you can get the Early Bird Discount of EUR 6 000 by paying the remaining tuition fee of EUR 7 500 within three weeks from having received the Certificate of Admission.

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First Academic Year: Finland Scholarship

What is a Finland Scholarship?
Finland Scholarship is a scholarship including a full cover for a tuition fee plus, EUR 5 000 for the living costs for the first academic year.

How many Finland Scholarships are there?
In Regular Admission, there are 20 Master's Programmes offering a Finland Scholarship, one scholarship per each programme involved. The programmes not offering Finland Scholarship are Biorefineries, Industrial Design Engineering, Electric Transportation Systems and Water Technology. In Rolling Admission, there are 4 Finland Scholarships offered in total and they will be awarded in the order of the admitted students.

What is the criteria for awarding a Finland Scholarship?
In Regular Admission, the scholarship will be awarded in the order of the highest points scored in the evaluation process among the ones being eligible for the scholarships and having applied for it.
In Rolling Admission, the 4 scholarships are awarded in the order of admittance  among the ones being eligible for the scholarships and having applied for it and between the programmes involved in Rolling Admission.

Am I eligible to apply for a Finland Scholarship for the first academic year?
If you are required to pay a tuition fee, you are eligible to apply for a Finland Scholarship as long as the programme you are applying to is offering a Finland Scholarship.

How can I apply for a Finland Scholarship?
If required to pay a tuition fee and if the programme offering a Finland Scholarship, you can apply for it on the same application form when applying for the Master's Programme.

What are my chances for being awarded a Finland Scholarship ?
Preliminary statements about anybody's possibility for getting a Finland Scholarship unfortunately, cannot be given.

When will I know if I have been granted a Finland Scholarship 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 Finland Scholarship or not will be included in that e-mail. If having been granted a Finland Scholarship, an official Scholarship Decision for that same Finland Scholarship will be e-mailed to you together with a Certificate of Admission.

In Regular Admission, if offered a Finland Scholarship, you must confirm your place in the programme by 30 April 2022 at 15:00 (UTC+3) - if not, you will lose the awarded scholarship.
In Rolling Admission, if offered a Finland Scholarship, you must confirm your place in the programme within 14 days from the date of having received the Certificate of Admission  - if not, you will lose the awarded scholarship.

Do I have to pay taxes for a Finland Scholarship ?
You do not have to pay taxes for the scholarship.

Can I have a part-time job, if having been awarded a Finland Scholarship?
You can have a part-time job without it effecting your scholarship.

I was granted a Finland Scholarship when admitted. For how long can I receive it during my studies?
The Finland Scholarship is awarded only for the first academic year. For the second academic year, you will be awarded a scholarship of EUR 6 000, if having completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies listed in your Personal Study Plan by the end of the first academic year.

I was granted a Finland Scholarship when admitted and now I wish to apply for another Master's Programme.
Do I get to keep this s
cholarship?
The Finland Scholarship is awarded for a certain Master's Programme. If wishing to apply to another programme, you will lose the Finland Scholarship originally awarded to you and have to apply again.

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Second Academic Year: Scholarship

I was not granted a Finland Scholarship for the first academic year.
Can I still apply for a scholarship for the second academic year? What are the requirements?

In a 2-year Master's Programme, you are able to apply for a scholarship of EUR 6 000, if having completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your Personal Study Plan during the first academic year. The required credits must be included on your Transcript of Records by the end of the first academic year i.e. by 31 July. Any previous studies possibly credited to your LUT studies will not be included in the minimum required ECTS credits.

I will not be able to graduate as expected. Can I still get a scholarship after two academic years?
It is not possible to get a scholarship after two academic years, so you will be charged a tuition fee since the beginning of the third academic year.

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