FAQ:
Tuition Fee and Scholarships

Tuition Fee  
Scholarships  

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. Students who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA (excluding Switzerland) are required to pay the LUT tuition fee of EUR 10 000 per academic year.
When applying through Regular Admission, a certain number of scholarships for each programme will be granted in the order of the highest points achieved in the academic evaluation during the admission process. Further information available at Scholarships and Fees.
When applying through Rolling Admission, there are no scholarships available for the first academic year. For the second year, there is a possibility to apply a scholarship under certain circumstances.

How do you decide whoever gets to be exempted from paying a tuition fee?
Students who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA (excluding Switzerland) have to pay a tuition fee. Only, in case of the student having a specific type of Residence Permit card granted by The Finnish Immigration Service, the student is not required to pay the tuition fee. The decision for somebody being exempted from paying the tuition fee or not is made by LUT University and it is based completely on the nationality or, a status for the student's Finnish Residence Permit card (if applicable) on August 1 and the copy for that card that s/he has provided LUT University / Admissions Services with. Further information available at Scholarships and Fees.
If the status for your Finnish RP card at the time of applying allows you to be exempted for paying the tuition fee and it will expire, you are requested to send a copy for the new and updated RP card asap after having received it to scholarships@lut.fi.

When do I have to pay the tuition fee for the first academic year?
You will pay the tuition fee of EUR 10 000 in two installments before starting your studies; first installment at the end of April and the second one in the beginning of August. If you have received a 50% Tuition Fee Scholarship, you have to pay the remaining 50% in one installment at the end of April. The DL's for the payments are given in the e-mail including the admission decision.
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.
For the following academic year/s, the tuition fee is to be paid in full in July.

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

What happens if I have already paid the tuition fee but will not be granted a residence permit by The Finnish Immigration Service?
If you have already paid the tuition fee but will not be granted with a Residence Permit Card, you will be refunded with 100% the amount that you have already paid for.
Please contact scholarships@lut.fi.

I am being conditionally accepted and I have already paid the tuition fee. What happens if I am not able to graduate by the given DL and provide LUT University / Admissions Services with the required documents by the DL given for that?
If you are not able to graduate and provide LUT University / Admissions Services with the required educational documents by the given DL's, you will be refunded for the amount that you have already paid for the tuition fee. LUT University will however, charge you for EUR 250 for administrative costs.

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 scholarship that has possibly been granted to you.
However, if you have not 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 has to be in the LUT University account by that certain date and time informed in the e-mail including your admission decision. 

During the application period, I had a Finnish Residence Permit Card that entitled 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 are required to send a copy for the new Finnish RP card to scholarships@lut.fi asap after having received it.

My Finnish Residence Permit Card entitles me to get exempted from paying a tuition fee. However, it will expire at the end of the Fall semester. Do I have to pay a tuition fee for the Spring semester?
You are exempted from paying it as long as you have one of the Finnish residence permits listed. When that RP expiring and the new one not being one of those entitling you not to pay, you are required to pay the tuition fee from that date of the new RP onwards.
If this being the situation, you will have a possibility to apply for a Tuition Fee Scholarship – and if your admission points for the selection process are the same or higher than the last admitted student having been granted a scholarship at the time of the selection process, you are entitled to get a scholarship.
Further information: scholarships@lut.fi.

What happens if I have already paid the tuition fee and I will then get a Finnish Residence Permit Card with the status that entitles me to be exempted from paying the tuition fee?
If you are able to provide LUT University / Scholarships with a copy of your Finnish Residence Permit Card by July 31 with the status for exempting you from paying the tuition fee you will be refunded with 100% the amount that you have already paid for.
If you provide LUT University / Scholarships with a copy of your Finnish Residence Permit Card within August 1-July 31 (=during the academic year), you will be partially refunded for the amount that you have already paid for: 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.
Please contact scholarships@lut.fi.

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.

What happens if I have paid the tuition fee but will quit my studies and give up my study place without graduating?
If you are 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 with. 
Further information: scholarships@lut.fi.

What happens if I have paid the tuition fee for the whole academic year but will graduate before the academic year is over?
The remaining part for the tuition fee after the graduation date will be refunded to you based on a EUR/day calculation.
Further information: scholarships@lut.fi.

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Scholarships

  • You are able to apply for a scholarships only, when applying through Regular Admission and if required to pay a tuition fee.
    • There are no scholarships offered for the first year in the programmes Biorefineries and Industrial Design Engineering.
    • There is a possibility to apply for a scholarship for the second year under certain circumstances.
  • When applying through Rolling Admission, there are no scholarships offered for the first academic year.
    • For the second year, there is a possibility to apply a scholarship under certain circumstances.


Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?
When applying through Regular Admission and if required to pay a tuition fee, you are also eligible to apply for a scholarship. More information at Scholarships and Fees.
When applying through Rolling Admission, there are no scholarships available for the first academic year. For the second year, there is a possibility to apply a scholarship under certain circumstances.

How can I apply for a scholarship?
When applying through Regular Admission and required to pay a tuition fee, you can apply for a scholarship on the same application form when applying for the Master's Programme. You will be applying for a scholarship in general, not for a scholarship in a certain category. More information at Scholarships and Fees.

What is the criteria for being granted a scholarship?
There is no specific or detailed criteria for applying or granting the scholarships; a certain number of scholarships for each programme will be granted in the order of the highest points achieved in the academic evaluation during the admission process.

What are my chances for being awarded a scholarship?
No preliminary statements about anybody's possibility for getting a scholarship can unfortunately, be given. While a certain number of scholarships for each programme will be granted in the order of the highest points achieved in the academic evaluation during the admission process, 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 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 granted a scholarship or not will be included in that e-mail. The official Scholarship Decision will be enclosed in your admission letter that will be sent to you by mail.

For how long can I receive the scholarship?
For a 2-year Master's Programme, you are able to have the scholarship for a maximum of 2.5 years with certain conditions. If you have been granted a Full Scholarship, the scholarship for the 5th semester will no longer cover for the living costs, but only for the tuition fee. Please see the next Q&A for the requirments as well.

For a Double Degree student, the maximum period for receiving a scholarship is 1.5 years with certain conditions. In case of having been awarded with a Full Scholarship, you will receive the Full Scholarship for the first year and after that the 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship for the rest of the 0.5 years if the studies are not finished by then. Please see the next Q&A for the requirments as well.

What are the requirements for having the scholarship for the second academic year as well?
When having applied through Regular Admission, you are required to have completed a minimum of 55 ECTS credits of studies that are included in your degree structure during the first academic year in order to get your scholarship also for the second year. These credits have to be included in your Transcript of Records by the end of the academic year i.e. by July 31 at the latest.
When having applied through Rolling Admission, you are eligible to apply and get a 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship for the second academic year, whenever you have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your degree structure during the first academic year with the minimum GPA of 4.25 on the scale of 1.0-5.0.

2-year Master's Programmes: What are the requirements for having the scholarship for the 5th semester as well?
If you have completed your Master's Thesis, you are required to have completed a minimum of 105 ECTS credits of studies that are included in your degree structure during the 2nd academic year. These credits have to be included in your Transcript of Records by the end of the academic year i.e. by July 31 at the latest.
If you have not completed your Master's Thesis, you are required to have completed a minimum of 80 ECTS credits of studies that are included in your degree structure during the 2nd academic year. These credits have to be included in your Transcript of Records by the end of the academic year i.e. by July 31 at the latest.
If you have been granted a Full Scholarship for a 2-year Master's Programme, please note that the the scholarship for the 5th semester will no longer cover for the living costs, but only for the tuition fee.

Double Degree Programmes: What are the requirements for having the scholarship for the 3rd semester as well?
If you have completed your Master's Thesis, you are required to have completed a minimum of 50 ECTS credits of studies that are included in your degree structure. These credits have to be included in your Transcript of Records by the end of the academic year i.e. by July 31 at the latest.
If you have not completed your Master's Thesis, you are required to have completed a minimum of 30 ECTS credits of studies that are included in your degree structure. These credits have to be included in your Transcript of Records by the end of the academic year i.e. by July 31 at the latest.
In case of having been awarded with a Full Scholarship in a Double Degree Programme, please note that the scholarship for the 3rd semester will no longer cover for the living costs, but only for the tuition fee.

Do I have to pay taxes for a scholarship?
You do not have to pay taxes for the scholarship. If you have for example, a part-time job, the taxation for the job is done separately - so it does not affect your scholarship.

I was granted a scholarship when admitted to a Master's Programme. Now I wish to apply for another Master's Programme. Do I get to keep the scholarship?
The scholarship is granted for a certain Master's Programme; if you wish to apply to another programme, you will lose the scholarship that was originally granted for you and have to apply for a new one - and it might very well be that you are not able to get one for the other programme.

I was not granted a scholarship for my first academic year. If I will be successful with my studies at LUT, do I have a possibility to get a scholarship for the second year?
You are able to apply for a 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship for the second year, if you have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your degree structure with a GPA of 4.25. Full Scholarship is however, not an option.

I was granted a 50% Tuition Fee Scholarship for my first academic year. If I will be successful with my studies at LUT University, do I have a possibility to upgrade my scholarship for the second year?
You able to apply for a 100% Scholarship for the second year, if you have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your degree structure with a GPA of 4.25. Full Scholarship is however, not an option.

I was granted a 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship for my first academic year. If I will be successful with my studies at LUT University, do I have a possibility to upgrade my scholarship for the second year?
Upgrading a 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship into Full Scholarship is not an option. 

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