The University of Helsinki’s finances took a significant downturn from 2015 to 2016. This was caused by cuts to the government budget. In addition, the University of Helsinki lost more than €30 million with the discontinuation of the pharmacy compensation and tax.

Despite having its funding cut by nearly €60 million in 2016, the University managed to successfully balance its finances with an extensive change programme. The deficit of the University's operations was €4 million. The University received €8 million in income from dividends and selling securities, bringing the University’s total result to a surplus of €4 million.