The basic education is free of charge. In addition to the basic education, also the textbooks and other teaching materials and accessories are free of charge. The pupils also have the right to a free full meal during every school day and on certain preconditions free school transports. The pupil also has the right to the student welfare needed to be able to participate in the education.
In Vaasa, basic education is mostly given in basic schools maintained by the city. The city is producing education services for about 5 100 pupils in basic school, of which 1 200 are attending Swedish language education.
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.