Needs-based study allowance
Needs-based study allowance can be applied for by a student:
... who is a citizen of Estonia or resides in Estonia on the basis of a permanent or temporary residence permit;
... who is not on academic leave:
... whose period of study has not exceeded the standard period of the curriculum;
... who studies full-time and completes the curriculum’s requirements at least 75% or studies full-time in the first semester;
... whose family’s monthly income per family member is below 394 euros.
International EU students, please be aware that in order to be eligible for the scholarships to be applied through state-portal (need-based study allowance), an Estonian ID code is needed, and must be inserted to SIS, and your residency in Tartu needs to be registered.
There are three different sizes of needs-based study allowance: EUR 75, 135 and 220. The receipt and amount of the allowance depend on the average income of the student and their family members in the previous calendar year. The family’s average income is calculated on the basis of taxable income in the calendar year preceding the academic year of applying for the allowance.
If the monthly income is up to 98.50 euros, you are eligible for a needs-based study allowance of 220 euros per month; if the monthly income is 98.51 to 197.00 euros, you are eligible for an allowance of 135 euros per month; and if the monthly income is 197.01 to 394 euros, you are eligible for an allowance of 75 euros per month. You are not eligible for an allowance if the income per family member exceeds 394 euros.
A student is considered to belong to the same family as their parents until the age of 24 (inclusive), unless the student is married, a parent or a guardian: in that case, the student is considered a separate family.
Needs-based study allowances are granted twice per academic year: for the autumn and spring semesters. To apply for the allowance, you have to submit an application in the state portal. You can submit the application during the entire semester.
In the month of submission of the application, the allowance will be paid seven days after granting the application. Thereafter, the allowance will be paid within the first seven working days of each month. The allowance will be transferred to the student’s bank account indicated in the state portal.
If the state portal lacks the respective details of your family members and their income, you can upload the respective documents. International applicants, please pay attention to the fact that the authenticity of the public documents issued in a foreign country (not Estonia) needs to be certified. The document(s) need to be either legalised or certified with an apostille. Please see further explanation here http://www.vm.ee/en/legalisation-public-document
The public documents issued in the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Poland, Ukraine and in the Russian Federation do not have to be legalised nor certified with an apostille.
If the state portal contains an error regarding the study load completed by you, contact the university. In other questions relating to the allowance, contact the Ministry of Education and Research.