The amount of the degree study allowance depends on whether you are working and have other sources of income. The unemployment allowance, unemployment insurance benefit, parental benefit, state pension and work ability allowance are all regarded as income. If you are working and/or have other sources of income, the amount of the allowance is 130 euros per month. If you are not working and do not have any other sources of income, the amount of the allowance is 260 euros per month. The allowance is subject to income tax.
In order for us to be able to calculate basic exemption, must submit an application for basic exemption to the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The application form can be found at the following link: application for basic exemption.
When submitting an application, it will apply to all subsidies and benefits received from the Unemployment Insurance Fund. If, for example, an application has already been submitted when applying for an unemployment insurance benefit, then no other application is required when receiving other subsidies and benefits. Read more: basic exemption.
The allowance is granted as of the time marked in the Estonian Education Information System as the beginning of your studies and throughout the standard period of study. The allowance is paid for the acquisition of one vocational or higher education. You will not receive the allowance while you are on academic leave. If you suspend or complete your studies, you will stop receiving the allowance.
The allowance is paid monthly for the previous month. Your employment and income status will be checked as at the beginning of the month for which you are receiving the allowance. If the circumstances affecting the payment of the allowance change, a new amount of the allowance is paid starting from the month following the change.
Example: A person participates in career counselling on 1 July 2017 which reveals that he/she could commence degree studies to improve his/her skills. He/she applies to a professional higher education institution and is admitted to a state-commissioned study place in a programme supported by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. He/she submits an application to the fund on 10 August 2017 in order to obtain a degree study allowance. At the beginning of the next month, the Unemployment Insurance Fund consults the Estonian Education Information System (EHIS) to check whether the person studied during the previous month. Since studies commenced on 29 August 2017 (according to the Estonian Education Information System), the person has the right to receive the degree study allowance for August. The Unemployment Insurance Fund will contact the appropriate registers to see whether the person worked and/or had other sources of income in August (i.e. the month for which the allowance is paid). Since the person worked at the beginning of August, he/she will receive a monthly allowance of 130 euros.