Discontinuing Studies for Unemployment Benefits Discontinuing Studies for Unemployment Benefits

The unemployment security act (työttömyysturvalaki 1290/2002) was amended at the beginning of 2013. The previous provision on university students being entitled to unemployment benefits when their studies are discontinued for at least a year has been repealed. 
 

Consequently, LUT will no longer issue certificates on the discontinuation of studies. If you are considering discontinuing your studies or extending your discontinuation, please contact the local Employment and Economic Development Office for further instructions. Pursuant to the amended act, a person is entitled to unemployment benefits when he or she has demonstrably finished his or her studies.


In accordance with the unemployment security act (part I, chapter 2, section 11), a student has demonstrably finished his or her university studies when
• he or she has graduated
• he or she has forfeited his or her right to study at the university
• he or she has lost the study right or the study right has been revoked
• his or her studies have demonstrably been discontinued for at least a year
  (no completed courses or participation in instruction during at least a year)

Students may request a certificate of attendance and a transcript of records from the Student Affairs Office service desk in order to provide proof of discontinued studies to labour authorities.