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 in 75% or studies full-time in the first semester;
- whose family’s monthly income per family member is below 569 euros.
Doctoral candidates are not eligible for needs-based study allowance, they can apply for the doctoral allowance.Information about the residence permits for the third country nationals and persons with undetermined citizenship
Amounts of the needs-based study allowance are divided as follows: EUR 75, 135 and 220. Being qualified to any of the amounts of the allowance depends on the average income of the student and their family members in the calendar year prior to the academic year of submitting an application for the study allowance. The family’s average income is calculated on the basis of the taxable income in the calendar year preceding the academic year of applying for the allowance. For example, in the 2020/2021 academic year, data for 2019 are taken as a basis.
If the monthly income is up to 130,75 euros, you are eligible for a needs-based study allowance of 220 euros per month; if the monthly income is 130,76 to 261,50 euros, you are eligible for an allowance of 135 euros per month; and if the monthly income is 261,51 to 569 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 523 euros.
A student is considered to belong to the same family as their parents until the age of 24 (incl.), unless the student is married, a parent or a guardian. In that case, the student is considered to be 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 portal edu.ee You can submit the application during the entire semester.
The applicant must submit the following documents:
- A document concerning the composition of the family (NB! The document must have been no older than 6 months). The document must list the following family members:
1) parents of a student up to 24 years of age if the student is not married or a parent or guardian of a child;
2) minor sisters, brothers, half-sisters and half-brothers of a student up to 24 years of age if the student is not married or a parent or guardian of a child;
3) those sisters, brothers, half-sisters and half-brothers (up to 24 years of age) of a student up to 24 years of age (who is not married or a parent or guardian of a child) who are obtaining general secondary education in stationary studies or vocational education in stationary studies or full-time or higher education full-time and have not exceeded the nominal period of studies according to the curriculum;
4) the spouse of the student;
5) the minor child whose parent or guardian the student is.
- A document that sets out the taxable income of the student and their family members in the calendar year preceding the academic year of applying for the needs-based study allowance (NB! The document must clearly set out the income in the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019). If the applicant or their family member had no income in 2019, a corresponding certificate must be submitted. All income documents must have been issued by the tax authority of the applicant’s home country. Certificates issued by an employer and bank statements are not acceptable documents.
- Tax residents do not have to add data on their income, the applicant must upload data on income of non-tax residents and non-tax resident family members when submitting the application.
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 portal edu.ee.
If the portal lacks the respective details of your family members and their income, you can upload the respective documents. If the portal contains an error regarding the study load completed by you, contact the university. In other questions relating to the need-based study allowance, contact the State Shared Service Centre, +372 663 1496, email@example.com.
Since the spring semester of 2014/2015 academic year, the students, whose previous income has exceeded the limit of the needs-based study allowance, but it has been decreased significantly lately, are able to apply for an allowance 135 EUR per month. The application must be submitted to the higher education institution of the respective student.
An additional time of 15 working days shall be added to the procedure of an application for the need-based study allowance, starting from the moment when all of the necessary data has been obtained by the organiser of the allocation of the allowance. If there is a need for the submitted data to be specified by the applicant or there is a need for additional documents to be submitted or if the documents have been submitted to the portal edu.ee as separate files.
The applicant has 15 days to specify the submitted data or submit additional documentation starting from the moment when he or she was informed about it by the organiser of the allocation of the allowance. The application shall not be proceeded if the applicant fails to fulfil the obligation.
If the applicant for a need-based study allowance is a non-resident or his or her family members include non-residents, the applicant needs to manually add data about his/her family members to the application (name, date of birth). As the average income of the student shall be calculated based on the incomes of the persons which are similar to the types of income specified in subsection (1) of § 5¹ of the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act, documents certifying such income need to be appended by the applicant as well. To convert your income into euros, please use Bloomberg currency converter.
When submitting the application, please upload all of the original documentation alongside their translation into Estonian or English (documentation needs to be translated by a translation bureau). They do not need to be affirmed by a notary.
The data on studies originate from the Estonian Education Information System. If a student finds that there is a mistake in the state portal in connection with the study volume completed by them or their study load, they must contact their educational establishment. If the study load and volume are not in compliance with the terms and conditions for applying, it will not be possible to file an application.
In case of incomplete data about your studies, please contact your study co-ordinator
Certification of the documents
A public document destined for use in Estonia needs to have its´ authenticity certified in a way that is acknowledged internationally. Therefore the document needs to be legalised or certified with an apostille certificate, if an international agreement does not foresee otherwise. A public document has to be legalised if it is intended to be used or it has been issued in a country that has not acceded to the Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents and if Estonia has not concluded a legal aid agreement with that country.
A public document of a foreign country destined for use in Estonia should be first legalised in the Foreign Ministry or Foreign Mission of the foreign country where the document has been issued, and thereafter in a Foreign Mission of the Republic of Estonia or in the consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia. Legalisation can be performed only in case of an original document, a notarised copy or a certified copy of an original, a print out or an extract of original document, which contains the signature, first name and surname as well as the position of the person who signed it, and also the original seal of the authority that has issued the document.
The procedural description and information of the submission of applications to legalise documentation
A public document does not need to be legalised but needs an apostille certificate if it is intended to be used or it has been issued in a country that has acceded to the Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents Apostille certification can usually be obtained from a notary.
- You can expect to receive feedback within 30 calendar days.
- An additional time of 15 working days shall be added to the procedure of an application for the need-based study allowance, starting from the moment when all of the necessary data has been obtained by the organiser of the allocation of the allowance.
The doctoral allowance 660 euros is paid over 12 months in a year.
The terms and conditions of the doctoral allowance:
- The applicant is a citizen of Estonia or an Estonian resident on the basis of a long-term resident's permit or temporary residence permit or permanent or temporary right of residence.
- The studies of the applicant have not exceeded the nominal duration of the curriculum.
- Students on academic leave are not entitled to a study allowance.
Results-based grant 100 euros
Applications can be made starting from the second semester of the academic year of enrolment and thereafter twice a year. The application must be submitted to the education institution.
Speciality grant starting from 160 euros
- The grant is 160 euros for teacher training specialties. The application process takes place via the Archimedes Foundation twice a year.
- For informatics and information technology curricula at the IT Academy, the amount of the grant is 160-300 euros. The application process takes place twice a year. Applications must be submitted to the education institution.
- Specialty grants for 86 curricula (chiefly in the fields of mechanics, manufacturing and technology, and informatics and information technology) are 160 euros per month. The application process takes place twice a year. Applications must be submitted to the education institution.
Special-needs student grant
The grant is available for the student with special needs from 60 to 510 euros. The amount of the grant depends on the type and severity of the disability. The application process takes place via the Archimedes Foundation twice a year.
Grant for young people raised in a substitute home or family 160 euros
The application process takes place via the Archimedes Foundation once a year.