Need-based study allowance can be applied for by a student (except for a doctoral candidate):
... 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 569 euros.
There are three different sizes of need-based study allowance: EUR 75, 135 and 220 per month. 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 (gross income is taken into account) in the calendar year preceding the academic year of applying for the allowance. In the academic year 2020/21, the taxable income to be looked at is of the year 2019 (from January to December).
If the monthly income is up to 142,25 euros, you are eligible for a need-based study allowance of 220 euros per month; if the monthly income is 142,26 to 284,50 euros, you are eligible for an allowance of 135 euros per month; and if the monthly income is 284,51 to 569 euros, you are eligible for an allowance of 75 euros per month. You are not eligible for this allowance if the monthly income per family member exceeds 569 euros.
Need-based study allowances are granted twice per academic year: for the autumn and spring semesters from the month of application (and not backwards) until the end of the semester. Applications can be submitted during the entire semester, from September to June.
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.
All the above is general description based on Estonian laws and regulations and the decisions will be made by the state. If the state portal contains an error regarding the study load you have completed, please contact the university. With other questions relating to the allowance, please contact the Ministry of Education and Research.
Students whose family members’ monthly income has exceeded the established maximum limit (569 euros) per family member per month in previous year, but has decreased recently, have the possibility to apply for need-based special allowance. For that, the student needs to do the same procedure as described above to receive the negative decision on need-based study allowance. Pay attention: for need-based special allowance you need to provide the document of your family members’ income during last 3 months, this must comply with the same requirements of authenticity certification (legalization or apostille) as all the other documents issued in a foreign country. Therefore, it might be easier for an applicant to acquire all the necessary documents at the same time.
Please be aware that the documents to be submitted must fully comply with the requirements set in relevant legislation, thus getting the requested documents from various countries across the world is time-consuming.
More info about need-based study allowance: oppetoetused [ät] rtk.ee