If you are a foreign citizen

How you apply depends on your age and what you are studying. Here you find information about how you apply for study allowance, student grants and loans, and education entry grant.

If you are studying at upper secondary school, you can apply for study allowance until spring term the year you reach the age of 20. After that you can apply for student grants and loans. If you are studying at a post-secondary education, you can apply for student grants and loans even though you are under 20 year.

Applying for study allowance

If you are studying at upper secondary school, you must submit the form entitled "Ansökan om grundläggande rätt till svenskt studiestöd - studiehjälp, under 20 år" (Application concerning basic entitlement to Swedish student finance - study allowance, under 20 years). This you should do until the spring term the year you reach the age of 20.

Please return the form by post to:
CSN Postservice
SE-838 71 Frösön
Sweden.

Applying for student grants and loans

When you apply for student grants and loans, you must submit your application via the web site. Go to Mina sidor (only in Swedish) and use the service Ansök om studiemedel (Apply for student grants and loans). You can log in using either an electronic ID or a personal code. If you use an electronic ID, you can sign and send your application directly at the web site. It is the fastest way to apply.

You fill in your application step by step. There are links and reading tips available for each step to help you out.

Additional questions for foreign citizens

If you are a foreign citizen you may have to answer more questions when you apply for student grants and loans. It is because we have to determine if you have basic entitlement to student finance.

These additional questions may be about you and your family, for example, when you came to Sweden and what you have done since arriving in Sweden. The questions will vary depending on your age and whether you or any member of your family is an EU citizen.

What to do:

  1. Click on the service Ansök om studiemedel (Apply for student grants and loans). You will find this in the menu to the right.
  2. Log in using an electronic ID or a personal code.
  3. Fill in your details.
  4. Sign and submit your application.
  5. If you do not have any basic entitlement to Swedish financial aid for studies for the period covered by your application, you will automatically be re-directed to the questions for foreign citizens.
  6. Fill in your details.
  7. Sign and submit your details.

Saving your application

If you are unable to answer all the questions required to determine basic entitlement to student finance, you can save your details and return to them later on.

Applying for the education entry grant

You apply for the education entry grant with your home municipality. If you are a foreign citizen, you need to answer additional questions in your application so that CSN can review if you are entitled to Swedish student finance. You do so online. You either answer the questions directly at the municipality or you answer them from home by logging in to Mina sidor on csn.se.

The extra questions may be about you and your family, such as about when you came to Sweden and what you have done since coming here. The questions you are asked depend on your age and if you or somebody in your family is an EU/EEA citizen or a citizen of Switzerland.

Latest updated: Sep 19, 2017