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Tuition Fee and Scholarships

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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. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries (excluding Switzerland) are required to pay the LUT tuition fee of EUR 10 000 per each academic year.

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 or, are able to show the funding for it.
For the following academic year/s, the tuition fee is to be paid in full in July.

Where and how 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 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 scholarship that you have possibly been granted with.
However, 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 has to be 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. Only, if the student having been granted a specific type of Residence Permit (RP) Card by The Finnish Immigration Service, s/he is not required to pay the tuition fee.
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) on August 1 of the academic year the student is applying to.

I already have a Finnish Residence Permit Card allowing me to get exempted from paying the tution 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?
You will be fully refunded by 100% of the amount that you have already paid for.

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 study right and will be refunded by the amount of the tuition fee you have already paid for. LUT University will however, charge you EUR 250 for the administrative costs.

During the application period, I had a Finnish Residence Permit Card entitling 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. If the status no longer allows you to get exempted from paying the tuition fee, it will be charged from you. 

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 Card 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.

What happens if I have already paid the tuition fee and 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 by 100% the amount 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 prior to the one you are starting your studies in), you will be partially refunded by 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.

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

  • 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?
You are eligible to apply for a scholarships when applying through Regular Admission and when required to pay a tuition fee. 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 of a certain category.

What is the criteria for being granted a scholarship?
There is no additional criteria for applying or granting the scholarships. A certain number of scholarships for each programme offering them 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 be given. While a certain number of scholarships 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. If having been granted a scholarship, an official Scholarship Decision for that same scholarship will be enclosed to your admission letter that will be sent to you by mail.

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

Can I have a part-time job, if having been granted a scholarship?
You can have a part-time job without it effecting your scholarship. Only, if having been granted a Full Scholarship, there are certain restrictions: You cannot be employed by LUT University as the student cannot receive both salary and the Living Cost part of the Full Scholarship from LUT University. Plus, if/when working outside LUT University, the montly gross salary may not exceed the Living Cost part of EUR 560 included in the Full Scholarship. If it does, you will lose the Living Cost part of the Full Scholarship.

I was granted a scholarship 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 LUT scholarship for a maximum of 2 academic years (4 semesters). To get the scholarship on the second year as well, you must have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your degree structure during your first academic year.
For the Double Degree studies, you are able to have the LUT scholarship for a maximum of 1 academic year (2 semesters) .
For the Trilateral or Joint Degree studies, you are able to have the LUT scholarship for the academic year or semesters that you will study at LUT University.

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

I was not granted a scholarship 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 Scholarship, if having completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your degree structure during the first academic year with the minimum GPA of 4.00 on the LUT scale of 1.00-5.00.
You are able to apply for a 50% Tuition Fee Scholarship, if having completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your degree structure 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 in your Transcript of Records by the end of the first academic year i.e. by July 31.

I was granted a 50% Tuition Fee Scholarship when admitted. Any chances on upgrading my scholarship for the second academic year?
You are able to apply for a 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship, if having completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies included in your degree structure during the first academic year with the minimum GPA of 4.00 on the LUT scale of 1.00-5.00.

I was granted a 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship when admitted. Any chances on upgrading my scholarship for the second academic year?
Upgrading a 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship into a Full Scholarship is not an option.

I was granted a scholarship when admitted and 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 wishing to apply to another programme, you will lose the scholarship originally granted for you and have to apply for a new one. It may very well be that you will not be granted another scholarship for the new programme as it will all depend on the other applicants as well, while a certain number of scholarships for each programme offering them will be granted in the order of the highest points achieved in the academic evaluation during the admission process.

Questions about the LUT scholarships?