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Information for rehabilitation benefit recipients

Instructions for students, how to submit information about the status of your studies

In order for us to continue paying your benefits, you will need to provide us with information about your term registration and the status of your studies during August.

Here’s how:
1.    Register as a student for the upcoming academic term.
2.    Log in to the Koski service using your online banking codes (the service is only provided in Finnish and Swedish): www.opintopolku.fi/koski.
3.    Go to ‘Jaa suoritustietoja’ (share information). Select the information you wish to share and copy the link.
4.    Send the link through secure mail:

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This method replaces the need to submit a written study certificate and transcript of your student record. If you submit the link that takes us directly to your student information, you will no longer need to submit any forms to us.

Alternatively, you can opt to submit to Elo the study certificate form completed by the educational institution and the transcript of your student record. The study certificate form is found from this link in Finnish: elo.fi/opiskelijatodistus. All relevant forms can be submitted using Elo’s online service at www.elo.fi/pensionservice.

If your studies are not progressing as planned, please contact us, tel. +358 (0)20 694 717.

Instructions for students receiving vocational rehabilitation

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Changes to TELA’s recommendation concerning reimbursements for rehabilitation as of 1 January 2019

Key changes to the recommendation:                                                      

1. Travel reimbursements are paid for return trips instead of one-way trips.
2. The travel reimbursement rate is 0.11 euro/km.                
3. The maximum reimbursement for trips between the individual’s home and rehabilitation site is 600 euro.

The rehabilitation recommendation concerns the reimbursements of costs related to vocational rehabilitation. Please note that, as of 1 January 2019, the old reimbursement form for travel and accommodation costs is no longer in use. Read more about TELA’s currently valid rehabilitation recommendation (in Finnish only) >
The easiest way to apply for cost reimbursements is through Elo’s Online Pension Service. Log in to the service using your personal online banking codes.

Taxation of benefits

When you receive the decision on rehabilitation, ask the tax authorities to calculate a withholding percentage for the rehabilitation benefit to be paid to you. The rehabilitation allowance and assistance are taxed as benefits, while the rehabilitation increase is taxes as pension income. For the calculation of the tax rate, you will need to provide the tax authorities with the decision regarding your benefit as well as information about other forms of income and related withholdings. Order a tax card from the tax authorities. The tax authorities will send the tax card directly to Elo.

Altogether 40 % tax will be withheld from your benefit if your tax information is not available prior to the first payment. Any excessive withholding tax will be returned/paid to your account (within approx. one week), once Elo receives the tax card calculated by the tax authorities. The repayment of excessive taxes is, however, only possible as they relate to benefits paid during the current year.

Cost reimbursements, such as compensation for travel and accommodation expenses are tax exempt and are not considered in the taxation.


Manage your pension and rehabilitation matters online

In Elo’s Online Pension Service you can do the following:

    • Check the next payment date and tax percentage.
    • Inform about changes to an account number or contact information.
    • Apply for reimbursement of travel expenses connected with vocational rehabilitation.
    • Take the paperless service into use, whereby you will have access to all documents concerning your benefit directly through Elo’s Online Pension Service.


Elo is here to help and support you

Elo's Online Pension Service enables you to manage your pension and benefit matters whenever it’s most convenient for you. For pension and benefit matters, please call us at +358 (0)20 694 726 (weekdays 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)