What is student aid?

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Student aid (studiemedel) is money that you can receive to help you pursue your studies. If you want to receive student aid, you must apply for it.


Student aid includes both grants and loans. It is up to you whether you want to take out a loan. You must pay the loan back later on.

How much student aid you can receive depends on whether you are studying full-time or part-time and how many weeks you are studying.

Weekly student aid when you are a full-time student, 2016
Amount, kronor
Grant 704
Loan 1 772
Total 2 476
Possible supplements
Amount, kronor
Extra child allowance, 1/2/3/4 children 146/239/287/335
Supplementary loan 877
Additional loan The amounts vary*

*According to the kinds of extra costs that you have

You will be eligible to receive some of the grants and loans under special circumstances:

  • The extra child allowance (tilläggsbidrag) is intended for you if you have children.
  • The supplementary loan (tilläggslån) is intended for you if you turn 25 during the year and have worked previously and had a certain minimum income.
  • The additional loan (merkostnadslån) is intended for you if you have extra costs while you are studying.

There is also a higher grant (högre bidrag), which you can receive starting from the year you turn 25. You can receive the higher grant if you are studying at the compulsory or upper secondary school level and do not already have an upper secondary qualification. You can also receive the higher grant if you are unemployed and will be attending a vocational secondary education in adult secondary education programme (yrkesvux). The highest weekly grant you can receive is
1 639 kronor if you are a full-time student. In addition to that you can also take out a loan of 837 kronor.

Can you receive student aid?

You can receive student aid:

  • if you will be attending a college or university or taking certain other courses after upper secondary school
  • if you will be attending a folk high school, adult secondary education programme (Komvux), national adult education programme, or another compulsory or upper secondary school starting in the autumn of the year that you turn 20
  • until the year that you turn 56 - but your eligibility for a loan may be limited starting in the year that you turn 47.

How long can you receive student aid?

If you will be studying at:

  • a college or university, you can receive student aid for up to 240 weeks (12 semesters)
  • the upper secondary level, you can receive student aid for 80-120 weeks, depending on whether you have completed upper secondary school
  • the compulsory school level, you can receive student aid for 40-100 weeks, depending on whether you have completed compulsory school and need practice in reading, writing and arithmetic.
Latest updated: Nov 26, 2015