Suomi Schools are entitled to receive state aid from Finland in support of their activities. The aid is distributed by application through the Finland Society.
Suomi Schools eligible for state aid are language schools providing complementary instruction in Finnish during students’ free time. They must have a minimum of six students from at least three different families.
State subsidies can be granted for three purposes: teachers’ salaries, rent and study materials. Students aged three to 18 are eligible for the support. Three-year-olds must turn three during the term for which aid is sought. Similarly, students turning 19 during the term are no longer covered by state aid.
Appropriation criteria for state aid:
- 2/3 of teachers’ salaries, €22 per lesson (max. 2 lessons per group per week)
- 2/3 of rental expenses up to €1000 a year (schools with up to 50 students) or €1300 a year (schools with more than 50 students)
- study materials: €20-30 euros per student
These criteria define the maximum amount of state support that Suomi Schools may receive.
The amount of state aid Suomi Schools receive is affected most by the number of students, the number of lessons given (the school can receive aid for a maximum of two lessons/week/group) and rental expenses. A school cannot fund all its activities with state subsidies, but must also have other sources of income, such as term fees, sponsors or other fundraising of its own.
A Suomi School which has received state subsidies must submit to the Finland Society an accounting report on the state aid received for the previous term, with the annual report, profit and loss account, balance sheet as well as an auditing report.
DEADLINE FOR STATE AID APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020-21 STUDY YEAR IS OCTOBER 15, 2020.
ACCOUNTING REPORT FOR THE 2019-20 STUDY YEAR MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 15, 2020.
The forms are in Finnish only and can be found here.
More information: Maarit Hyvärinen