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Adult education centre fees and discounts

Read more about the course fees and discounts of the Espoo Adult Education Centre. Attend quality courses where you can find inspiration, learn and succeed!

Course fees

There is an ongoing reform of the invoicing system in the invoicing of Adult education centre, and therefore there will be some delay in invoicing during October. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Course fees are determined based on the number of teaching hours and the number of credits at the Open University. The duration of one lesson is 45 minutes. 
  • Depending on the course, we may also charge fees for material and language tests.  
  • In family courses, the course fee includes one adult and one child. 
  • If you enrol on a course that lasts for a term or academic year halfway through, you will receive a 50% discount on the course fee. 
  • If one lesson is cancelled on a course that lasts for the whole term, students are not entitled to deductions from the course fee or a compensation lesson. 
  • The €13 language test included in the Finnish language YKI certificate studies will only be invoiced if the test is passed successfully.

Open University course fees

Terms of payment

  • The payment term for an invoice sent through an online payment link is 14 days from the date of the invoice. 
  • The payment term for a paper invoice or an e-invoice sent to your online bank is 21 days from the date of the invoice. 
  • Please contact our customer service regarding invoicing issues. 
  • The invoice is sent once the course has started. 
  • Students under the age of 18 need an adult to pay their invoice. We need complete information on the payer, including their social security number. The payer will enrol the minor in the course. Students under the age of 18 can only be enrolled for courses by telephone. 
  • If the payer is a company, we require the company’s business ID, invoicing address and the information of the company’s contact person. This information must be provided during enrolment. The invoicing address cannot be changed afterwards. 
  • Unpaid invoices will be forwarded to a collection agency.

Payment of the course

We use online payment links for course invoicing. If you do not use the payment link, you will be sent a course invoice with a new due date without additional costs by post, or by e-invoice if you have concluded an e-invoice agreement with your bank. 

  • An online payment link will be sent to your e-mail, through which you can pay the course fee. The payment link is valid for two weeks. 
  • The payment link will be sent to the student’s e-mail from the address:
  •  The subject line of the message will read: “Espoon työväenopisto Omnia, kurssimaksun verkkomaksaminen” (“Espoo Adult Education Centre Omnia, online payment of course fee”). 
  • The payment link will open to the online service. The “Jatka verkkomaksuun” (“Continue to online payment”) button will direct you to the payment provider’s (Visma Pay) page. 
  • The payment provider Visma Pay will charge the approved payment to your account as a direct payment, and the payment due date cannot be postponed at this stage. 
  • Online payment link’s invoicing information or account numbers cannot be extracted for a new payment, and the reference numbers of previous invoices cannot be used for new payments. 

We will send you a standard course invoice if you 

  • have not paid with the online payment link 
  • do not have an email address 
  • are unable to pay using the online payment link (Note: if a problem occurs during the payment, you can try again via the same link the next day)  
  • want to pay the course fee with employment benefits. 

If you have concluded an e-invoice agreement with your bank, you can pay using the online payment link or wait for the e-invoice to arrive at your online bank. 

Please update your e-mail address on or inform our customer service of your changed contact information. 

Benefits and discounts

Courses subsidised by the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH courses)

Courses marked with “OPH” are more affordable, because they have been subsidised by the Finnish National Agency for Education’s training subsidy. The training subsidy is intended for people with a low level of basic education, immigrants, unemployed people, people over 63 years of age, pensioners, and people with learning difficulties. Pensioners refers to people who receive basic pension, employment pension or disability pension and are not gainfully employed. 

  • To get the lower subsidised price, you must belong to the target group of the course. If you do not belong to the target group, you will be charged the standard course fee. 
  • The course information indicates both an affordable training subsidy price (OPH) and a normal course fee. 
  • Students are admitted in order of enrolment, but a separate application is required for literacy training for immigrants. 
  • OPH courses are not subject to unemployment discounts. 
Payment with employment benefits

You can pay for courses with employee benefits at City of Espoo Service Points (  
The following sport and culture cards are accepted, along with mobile payment: Eazybreak, Smartum, Edenred and ePassi. Please note that payment with employment vouchers at the Service Points ended at the end of 2020. 

  • Note! If you received the invoice as an online payment link, please wait until you receive the course invoice by post or as a bank e-invoice. A payment received through the online payment link cannot be paid with employee benefits. 
  • Bring the invoice and ID with you to the Service Point when coming to pay. 
  • These means of payment are personal and cannot be used to pay for copy, material or test fees. 
  • If you wish to pay with employment benefits, the invoice cannot be paid any later than on the due date. 
  • You cannot pay for a course with the above-mentioned means of payment if the course information includes an “S” marking or if the invoice has been forwarded to a collection agency.
Unemployment discount instructions

Unemployed persons receive a 50% discount on the course fee. The discount does not apply to Open University courses, qualification or material fees, OPH courses, starting level tests, language travel, open learning environment fees or if the course details state otherwise. 

  • Proof of unemployment must be provided before the course starts and after that once per term. 
  • The only accepted proof document is the unemployment certificate that can be printed out through the E-services at the TE Office website (
  • Send the certificate to the Adult Education Centre customer service by e-mail in PDF format or by post. You can also present the certificate at the Adult Education Centre or at City of Espoo Service Points (
  • Eligibility for the unemployment discount depends on the code describing your employment status determined by the TE Office.
Kaikukortti card

The aim of Kaikukortti is to improve the opportunities of young people, adults and families who are financially hard-pressed to enjoy art and culture. You can use the Kaikukortti card to get free tickets and course places to the cultural venues of the Kaikukortti networks. The card is non-transferrable and free of charge.  

You can attend one course of the Espoo Adult Education Centre free of charge per term (terms: 1 January to 31 July and 1 August to 31 December). 
You can also attend family courses together with your child. 
Not eligible for the Kaikukortti discount: 

  • Finnish language courses 
  • courses that are part of a qualification: general language examination (YKI), Open University education, basic education in arts, seafaring courses, Tieke qualifications 
  • training courses leading to a certificate: first aid courses, hygiene passport training and the basics of music theory and composition 
  • fees for open learning environments 
  • some material fees of courses. 

If you have enrolled in a course but fail to attend it, you will be deemed to have used the free course. 

You can enrol for courses via the online service or by calling our customer service. Notify our customer service of your Kaikukortti number before the start of the course. If you do not notify us of your Kaikukortti number, we will charge you the normal price for the course. 

Read more about Kaikukortti (kaikukortti,fi)

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