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Tuition fees must be paid immediately after registering. If you cannot pay the course fee immediately, please contact the office to set a new due date. In general the fees need to be paid before the course is due to start if not agreed otherwise.

Paying in the office: bank or credit card (VISA, Eurocard, Mastercard, VISA Electron, Maestro, Diners Club International, Discover), physical or electronic vouchers such as SporttiPassi (Sports Pass), Smartum, Tyky or Edenred.

Paying online: your own online bank, credit card, Smartum’s Saldo charge card, MobilePay, Sports or Cultural Pass, Eazybreak. If you have Sports or Cultural Pass (ePassi), you can also pay by calling the Institute’s office (09 41 500 300).

If your employer is paying for your course, a billing fee of 5 Euros will be charged. Please email the billing details as soon as you have registered to toimisto@helao.fi.

The Institute does not grant personal discounts to students.

Culture and Sports Vouchers

Culture and Sports Vouchers are accepted as a means of course payment. However, we reserve the right to verify the identity of the user. The benefits in question are individual-specific and cannot be transferred or given to someone else, not even a family member. We cannot accept vouchers that have expired or give back change if the face value of the instrument is larger than the course fee.

Physical activity vouchers can be used as a means of payment for sport, dance and other specifically mentioned courses. Cultural vouchers are accepted for all the courses except for language, IT, online, wine and food courses and Open University courses.


Course fee paid by culture and sports vouchers cannot be returned. You can arrange for the course fee to be paid once it has been confirmed that the course will start. You need to announce a delayed payment to the office e-mailing to toimisto@helao.fi. After this the payment is binding. If the course will not start there is no need to pay.

Course Cancellation

Read the cancellation terms here.

Text Books and Supplies

Students must pay for text books themselves. Text books can be purchased from bookstores.

The supplies for handicrafts courses are not included in the course fee. You can purchase such supplies from your instructor during the course.

Courses sponsored by the Finnish National Agency for Education

The Institute doesn’t grant personal discounts to students but the Finnish National Agency for Education sponsors the Institute’s work and students. The sponsorship facilitates granting discounts on course fees on some courses to immigrants (not asylum seekers), those suffering from learning disabilities, the unemployed, senior citizens (those over 63 years of age) and pensioners. Those in in full-time employment are not eligible for discount. The course information states if the course is sponsored by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

All those eligible for discount must contact the Office before paying for the course. Immigrants, pensioners under 63 years of age, the unemployed and those suffering from learning disabilities must demonstrate their eligibility for a course fee discount. The eligibility for the discount must be demonstrated every semester. Discounts are not granted retroactively. One can enrol for a course on the internet without paying the course fee, but one must submit a notification of discount in the additional information field. After enrolling the student must contact the Office and make arrangements for demonstrating eligibility for discount and payment date.