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Application for needs-based study allowance

A needs-based study allowance is designed to support students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds while obtaining higher education. It supports students in terms of success in their studies and completion of a study programme with a nominal duration.

The right to receive the allowance is granted to students who study according to a study programme of higher education either at a university or in an institution of professional higher education.

Applications can be filed all semester long. First payments start in the same month the application was filed. An automatic inquiry about the students’ family members and their income is sent to the Population Register and the Register of Taxable Persons.

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 (documentation needs to be translated by a translation bureau). They do not need to be affirmed by a notary.

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 is to be found on page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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.

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 need-based special allowance (135 EUR per month). The application must be submitted to the higher education institution of the respective student.

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. Further information about obtaining the needs-based study allowance can be found on the website of the Ministry of Education and Research. In the case of students of educational establishments who entered them prior to the 2013/14 academic year, the old allowance system will remain in place until the 2015/16 academic year.

In case of incomplete data about your studies, please contact your study co-ordinator. Contacts of educational institutions are listed at the State Portal. info@rtk.ee in all other questions.

If you have any questions about needs-based study allowance, write oppetoetused@rtk.ee or call 663 1496.

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Last modified 1. September 2017

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