The Finnish government is making budget cuts to student aid over up to 2019, reports Yle Uutiset.
The move is part of a larger initiative to make a 70 million Euro saving from the public finance budget. It is meeting opposition from not only students themselves but also from opposing political parties.
Students at university in the country could face a debt of as much as 20,000 Euros at the end of their studies – and there is concern that those currently considering whether to enter higher education may be put off studying.
A year ago, the previous Finnish government said it would not make decisions that impacted students financially. However, the situation has now changed, with the Prime Minister saying, “…we’re looking at some very difficult cuts.”