Municipally provided upper secondary level instruction is free of charge. Apart from upper secondary schools, there is a three-year basic vocational education alternative comprising both general education subjects and vocational training instruction.
Higher education in Finland has two parallel sectors. Universities conduct scientific research, and provide undergraduate and postgraduate education based on research. Universities of Applied Sciences offer professionally oriented higher education. There is one higher education institution in Kemi (Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences).