Refugee - support from CSN

As a refugee in Sweden, you may be entitled to student finance and a home equipment loan. student finance consists of grants and loans for studies. The home equipment loan is a loan which allows you to buy furniture and kitchenware for your home.

Who has the right to Swedish student finance?

If the Swedish Migration Agency has assessed that you are a refugee or a person in need of protection, you are entitled to Swedish student finance. You also have the right to Swedish student finance if the Swedish Migration Agency has granted you a residence permit due to particularly distressing circumstances. You must have a valid residence permit. It makes no difference whether the permit is temporary or permanent.

You may also be granted the right to Swedish student finance if the Swedish Migration Agency has given you a residence permit that is limited in time or granted under the Act on Temporary Limits to the Possibility of Receiving Residency Permits in Sweden. If your residence permit is no longer valid, you may nonetheless have the right to student finance if you applied for a new residence permit before the last permit expired. It is then also required that your new application is for the same kind of permit as the last one, or a new permit with support of one of the provisions in the Act on Temporary Limits to the Possibility of Receiving Residency Permits in Sweden.

CSN will evaluate your right to Swedish student finance and will also check whether you meet other requirements for student finance, for example, that the educational program entitles you to student finance.

Persons seeking asylum are usually not entitled to student finance.

What is student finance?

student finance can consist of grants and loans. A grant is money that you are given, while a loan must be paid back. What grants and loans you can receive depends on what you will study and how old you are.
What is student finance?

What is a home equipment loan?

Those who have arrived in Sweden as refugees and are covered by the refugee reception programme or the Establishment Ordinance can borrow money from CSN to purchase articles for their home, such as furniture and kitchenware. This is called a home equipment loan.
Home equipment loan

Web portal for newly arrived persons in Sweden

At the web portal Information om Sverige (Information about Sweden) you can read more about Sweden and Swedish society. The web portal addresses persons who have recently arrived in Sweden and who want comprehensive information about how Swedish society works and what rights they have. The County Administrative Boards in Sweden are responsible for the web portal.

Latest updated: Sep 20, 2017