If you are a foreign citizen

You are normally only entitled to financial aid for studies if you have moved to Sweden for another reason than to study here. If you are a visiting student, you must finance your studies yourself.

In order to receive financial aid for studies as a foreign citizen, you must first meet the requirements for the basic right to Swedish financial aid for studies according to Swedish regulations or rank in the same category as a Swedish citizen according to EU law. You must also meet the other requirements for financial aid for studies, for example that the studies qualify for financial aid for studies.

If you are seeking asylum in Sweden you do not have the right to financial aid for studies, in that case you can apply for daily allowance from the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket).

If you are a child of a visiting scholar or of a Turkish citizen who is working in Sweden, special rules apply. Please contact us for further information.

You can qualify to receive financial aid for studies both in Sweden and abroad.

Are you going to study in Sweden?

When you apply for financial aid for studies in Sweden CSN will first check whether you have the basic right to financial aid for studies according to the Swedish regulations. If you do not meet those requirements and are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland or a relative to a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, we will evaluate whether you rank in the same category as a Swedish citizen according to EU law.

Right to financial aid for studies in Sweden according to Swedish regulations:

You may have the basic right to receive financial aid for studies, if you live in Sweden and meet one of the following requirements:

  • You have a permanent residence permit (PUT) from the Swedish Migration Agency
  • You have refugee status or status as a person eligible for subsidary protection or have received a residence permit because of particular hardship according to the Swedish Migration Agency
  • You have a right of residence and are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland or are a relative to a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, and you have lived and worked half time in Sweden for at least two years
  • You have a right of residence and are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, and you have been married or cohabited in Sweden for at least two years. The person with whom you are married or cohabiting must be a Swedish citizen or be living in Sweden and have the basic right to financial aid for studies. Under certain circumstances, you may qualify if you have been married or cohabiting for less than two years.
  • You have a right of residence and are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland ore are a relative to a citizen of an EU/EES country or Switzerland, and you were younger than 20 when you moved to Sweden. You accompanied or joined your parents, who are living and working in Sweden
  • You have a child with a Swedish citizen with whom you live together with. You must also have a valid residence permit based on close family ties to the Swedish citizen
  • You are a citizen of an EU/EES country or Switzerland and have a child with a Swedish citizen with whom you live together  with
  • You and one of your parents have a valid residence permit based on close family ties with someone who lives in Sweden
  • You are 20 years or younger and have a parent who is a Swedish citizen
  • A Swedish agency has placed you in a family home or in an institution
  • A special guardian has been appointed for you under the Children and Parents Code

Right to financial aid for studies in Sweden according to EU law

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland or a relative to a citizen of an EU/EES country or Switzerland, you can be ranked in the same category as a Swedish citizen according to EU law and thus qualify for financial aid for studies. You must meet one of the following requirements:

  • You are a citizen of an EU/EEA country and have permanent right of residence (PUR) in Sweden. You normally have PUR if you lawfully stayed continuosly in Sweden for at least five year
  • You are a citizen in a country outside EU/EEA and have PUR in Sweden. You normally have PUR if you are related to an EU/EEA citizen (not Swedish) and you have both lawfully stayed in Sweden together contionuously for at least five years
  • You are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and are working or running a company in Sweden. You have to work for a long enough time and enough hours per week. You must continue to work during the period that you study. Even if you have stopped working you may still be entitled to financial aid for studies in certain cases
  • You are married to, cohabiting with or a child to a citizen of an EU/EEA country (not Swedish) or Switzerland who is working or running a company in Sweden and who works for a long enough time and enough hours per week. Even if he or she has stopped working, you may still be entitled to financial aid for studies in certain cases.

If you are a citizen in a country outside the EU, you can also be ranked in the same category as a Swedish citizen according to EU law and thus qualify for financial aid for studies. You must then meet the following requirement:

  • You are a long-term resident in Sweden or another EU member state according to the Swedish Migration Agency, and you have therefore received a residence permit in Sweden.

Are you going to study abroad?

Normally, only Swedish citizens are entitled to Swedish financial aid for studies outside Sweden. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland or related to a citizen of EU/EEA or Switzerland you can in certain cases be ranked in the same category as a Swedish citizen according to EU law.

If CSN decides to rank you in the same category as a Swedish citizen, you must also meet the other requirements to receive financial aid for studies. For example, you must be attending a school or course that qualifies you for student aid.

The rules for receiving financial aid for studies abroad differ depending on whether you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland or related to a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland.

Citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland

You are entitled to Swedish financial aid for studies abroad if you:

  • are a citizen of an EU/EEA country and have a permanent right of residence (PUR) in Sweden. You normally have PUR if you lawfully stayed continuosly in Sweden for at least five year
  • are a citizen of EU/EEA country or Switzerland and are working or running a company in Sweden, and work for a long enough time and enough hours per week. You must continue to work during the period that you study. Even if you have stopped working, you may still be entitled to financial aid for studies in certain cases.

Relatives to a citizen of an EU/EES country or Switzerland

You are entitled to Swedish financial aid for studies abroad if you:

  • are married to, cohabiting with or a child to an EU/EEA citizen (not Swedish) or Switzerland who works or runs a company in Sweden and who works for a long enough time and enough hours per week, you can be ranked in the same category as a Swedish citizen according to EU law. Then you will be entitled to financial aid for studies. Even if he or she has stopped working, you may still be entitled to financial aid for studies in certain cases.
  • are married to, cohabiting with or a child to an EU/EEA citizen (not Swedish) and have received a permanent residence card in Sweden from the Swedish Migration Agency, you can be ranked in the same category as a Swedish citizen according to EU law. Then you will be entitled to financial aid for studies.

If you are planning for upper secondary education abroad, there are specific regulations.

If you are studying within an exchange program, you can receive Swedish financial aid if you have qualified to the basic right to receive financial aid for studies in Sweden.

The EU  member countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The EEA member countries are:
The EU member countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

In some cases Switzerland is covered by EU-law.

Latest updated: Jun 14, 2016