Basic education is free of charge. There are 14 Finnish language and 5 Swedish language basic schools where basic education is arranged in the city of Vaasa. Furthermore, there are a few private schools; Vaasan kristillinen koulu and Vaasan Rudolf Steiner-koulu as well as a state-run school, Vasa Övningsskola in the City.
Compulsory education applies to children who are permanent residents in Finland in the year in which they turn seven years old.
Compulsory education ends when the children have completed the basic education syllabus or ten years have passed since they started in compulsory education. The period of compulsory education may be extended due to a disability or illness.
Adults may complete the basic education syllabus for example at Vaasa opisto or Vasa Arbis.