Study allowances, loans and scholarships

Students acquiring higher education can apply for a student loan, state education allowance or various scholarships.

Education allowances are paid from the state budget every month on the basis of the decision of the university to students who have applied through an educational institution. Students who are on academic leave are not eligible to receive an education allowance. Nor are students eligible if they are currently receiving an educational allowance from a foreign government, an international or intergovernmental organization or cooperation programme.

Student study allowances for 2018/2019 academic year

Category of study allowance

Who can apply

Application deadline

Submitting application

Result deadline

Doctoral allowance (660 EUR/month)

All PhD students

In September of the first year – for the whole duration of the nominal period of study. 

Through ÕIS

10.10.2018

Needs-based study allowance (based on the student’s/family’s income, either 75 or 135 or 220 EUR/month)

Students (except PhD students) who study full time and if the student’s family members’ monthly income is not more than 468 EUR/month

In September and February – for five study months, or in October and March – for fou, or in November and April – for three, or in December and May – for two, or in January and June – for one study month

Via www.eesti.ee

7 working days after submission

Needs-based special allowance (135 EUR/month)

Students (except PhD students) whose needs-based study allowance application was dismissed. 

In September and February – for five study months, or in October and March – for fou, or in November and April – for three, or in December and May – for two, or in January and June – for one study month

Via oposak@emu.ee or on paper to the Office of Academic Affairs

The 10th of the month following the month of application submission

Needs-based study allowance

It 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 studies full-time and completes the curriculum’s requirements up to 75% or studies full-time in the first semester;
  • whose family’s monthly income per family member is below 468 euros.

There are three different sizes of needs-based study allowance: EUR 75, 135 and 220. Whether the student will receive the allowance and its amount 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.

A student is considered to belong to the same family as their parents until the age of 24, 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 (www.eesti.ee). You can submit the application during the entire semester. 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. 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.

For more information see: https://www.emu.ee/en/studies/study-information/study-regulations/

Doctoral allowance

PhD students, whose studies are funded by the Estonian government, i.e. are studying at state-funded study places, are entitled to a PhD student allowance. This does not apply to the students of DoRa programme and to those studying at non-state funded study places.
The doctoral allowance can be sought by doctoral students who are citizens of the Republic of Estonia or who reside in Estonia on the basis of a residence right or a permanent or temporary residence permit and are full time students.

The amount of the doctoral allowance is 660 EUR per month.

There is no separate application for the allowance, it is taken care automatically, and the allowance is granted for whole academic year (from August to September). PhD students who are on academic leave at the time of granting doctoral allowance shall be granted the allowance from the study month following the finishing date of academic leave until the beginning of the next academic year.

Loans

A study loan is a state-guaranteed long-term loan for funding costs of tuition. The right to receive a study loan is held by a full-time student who is an Estonian citizen or resides in Estonia on the basis of a long-term residence permit or permanent residency. The maximum permissible amount of study loan shall be reviewed and determined by 1st of August of each year by the Government of the Republic. A loan may be applied for at any time during the academic year, from mid-September to 1st of June. A study loan may be taken for the duration of the nominal period of study for a given curriculum. Study loans are available from all major banks. For more information on the conditions and the application process, contact the bank. Study loans are granted on the basis of the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act.

For more information see:

 

State scholarships for 2018/2019 academic year

Category of scholarships

Who can apply

Application deadline

Submitting application

Result deadline

Specialty scholarship (160 EUR/month)

All full time students of the specific programme*

In September and February - for up to five study months.

Through ÕIS

10.10.2018

 

10.03.2019

The specialty scholarship can be applied for by students of following programmes*:

1. Production and Marketing of Agricultural Products (MA), 2. Animal Science (MA), 3. Food Technology (MA), 4. Forest Management (MA), 5. Forest Industry (MA), 6. Production Engineering (MA), 7. Animal Science (BA), 8. Food Technology (BA, enrolled before 2018/2019), 9. Technotronics (degree in applied sciences), 10. Wood Processing Technology (degree in applied sciences)

Performance-based scholarship (100 EUR/month)

 

NB! RPL is not considered as a part of the fulfilled programme

Students (except PhD students) who study full time and haven’t passed their nominal period of study.

In September and February - for up to five study months.

Through ÕIS

10.10.2018

 

10.03.2019

Scholarship for students with special needs (60-510 EUR/month, depending on the severity of the disability

All full time / part time students (including PhD students) who have been officially diagnosed with a level of disability and have submitted an application to the Office of Academic Affairs : oposak@emu.ee

1.-20.09.2018 scholarship for entire academic year (10 study months) and 1.-20.02.2019 scholarship for spring semester (5 study months)

 

http://taotlused.archimedes.ee

20.10.2018

 

20.03.2019

 

 

 

 

Scholarship supporting the obtaining of higher education for students who have been in substitute homes or who have needed family care (160 EUR/month)

All full time students (except PhD students)

 

20.09 – 20.10.2018 for an academic year for ten study months.

http://taotlused.archimedes.ee/pub_login.php

20.11.2018

 

Performance-based scholarship

The aim of the performance-based scholarship is to offer recognition and support to students who have excellent study results while studying with a 100% workload.

The performance-based scholarship can be applied for by a student who

  • is a citizen of Estonia or lives in Estonia on the basis of a permanent or temporary residence permit or right of residence;
  • studies full time;
  • is not on academic leave and has not exceeded the nominal study period of his/her curriculum.

The amount of the performance-based scholarship is 100 euros per month. The scholarships are allocated twice a year: for the autumn semester (September until January) and spring semester (February until June).

To apply for the performance-based scholarship the student submits the application in the Study Information System OIS.

The scholarships will be paid out by the 20th day of the month of study for the current month. If a student receiving the performance-based scholarship goes on an academic leave, the payments are stopped starting from the month following the last day of study.

The allowance is not stopped during the academic leave if the student completes 100% of the curriculum and:

  • has a moderate, severe or profound disability;
  • is a parent or caregiver of a child under the age of three years;
  • is a parent or caregiver of a child with a disability under the age of sixteen years;
  • is on academic leave due to military service or alternative civilian service.

Scholarship for students with special needs

Aim of scholarship

  • to support students with disabilities while they’re obtaining higher education;
  • to support students with disabilities for whom the degree of severity of the disability; has been determined because of loss or deterioration of anatomic, physiologic or mental structure or function,

Right to apply is granted to students of professional higher education, Bachelor’s, Master’s, integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes and PhD students if they:

  • are Estonian citizens or have been granted a long-term resident’s or a temporary residence permit or permanent or temporary right of residence;
  • study full or part time or are on academic leave.

To apply, the student needs to inform the university about their disability before applying after which, the university needs to make note of it in the Estonian Education Information System. A disability card, a certificate from a medical specialist or some other document proving the degree of the disability must be digitally sent to oposak@emu.ee or on paper to the office of academic affairs of the university.

Application deadlines:

20. August – 20. September (scholarship for up to one full academic year)

20. January – 20. February (scholarship for spring semester). For those who did not apply in autumn.

NB! Before applying, a document proving the degree of the disability must be sent to the office of academic affairs (oposak@emu.ee).

To apply, the student will present the following documents to Archimedes Foundation in the online system http://taotlused.archimedes.ee:

  1. Application
  2. Document proving the degree of the disability (e.g. disability card, certificate from a medical specialist).

The sum of the scholarship depends on the type and severity of the disability and amounts to 60-510 EUR/month

Guidelines for applying for the scholarship for students with disabilities are available in Estonian on Archimedes Foundation’s website: guideline