The extension of compulsory education
Compulsory education will continue until the age of 18 or until the person has completed upper secondary education.
This is a big change, because until 2020 compulsory education ended with comprehensive school.
From now on, compulsory education will continue until the age of 18 or until the person has completed upper secondary education.
Ninth-graders must apply in the joint application from 22 February to 22 March 2022 for either upper secondary education, TUVA- Preparatory education for programs leading to upper secondary qualification or TELMA-Special vocational education.
Is upper secondary education free of charge for students?
All these things are free of charge for students who finish basic education after 1 January 2021 and continue their studies in e.g. vocational training or general upper secondary school:
- daily meals
- learning materials and computers
- tools, clothing and materials needed for the studies
- the five exams required for the completion of the matriculation examination at the end of general upper secondary school and the retests of these exams if failed
- school trips of at least seven kilometers
These must be provided by the student:
- Personal equipment, such as musical instruments or sports equipment, required in training that emphasises active pursuit
- Reasonable fees may be charged for voluntary activities (e.g. trips or visits).
A young person can study free of charge until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 20. The entitlement to free education ends when the student has completed an upper secondary degree or, if a student is completing two degrees, both of these degrees.
Does free education apply to me?
The compulsory and statutorily free education does not apply to young people who completed basic education before 1 January 2021, such as those who are currently
- without a study place,
- in additional basic education, i.e. the 10th grade,
- in preparatory education for general upper secondary education,
- in preparatory education for vocational education or in upper secondary education.
However, an education provider may decide to offer free education to a wider set of students than statutorily required.
At school, the young people get acquainted with upper secondary studies and their selection with a guidance counsellor.
At home, you can browse the selection together with your teenager in the studyinfo.fi(external link) service or on the websites of educational institutions, for example.
- Information about the joint application system(external link) -page
- General Upper Secondary Education in Espoo
- TUVA -Preparatory education for programs leading to an upper secondary qualification (Omnia)
- Vocational studies (external link)(Omnia)
- Live Foundation(external link) (Vocational Special Education)
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