Frequently asked questions - for refugees

Here we have compiled some frequently asked questions regarding student finance for those who are refugees.

I am seeking asylum. Am I entitled to student finance?

No, asylum seekers are normally not entitled to student finance.

I am a refugee. Am I entitled to 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.

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.

Am I entitled to student finance in Sweden even though my residence permit as a refugee is temporary?

Yes, the residence permit must be valid, but it makes no difference whether the permit is temporary or permanent. 

Can I apply for student finance retroactively once I have received a residence permit?

No, during the period you have been seeking asylum you are not entitled to student finance.

How do I apply for grants and loans from CSN?

You can apply for student grants and loans on Mina Sidor (My pages) here on the website.

If you are studying at upper secondary school and wish to apply for upper secondary student grants and loans, you must submit the form "Ansökan om studiehjälp/Uppgifter för rätt till svenskt studiestöd" (Application for upper secondary student grants and loans/Information concerning the right to Swedish student grants and loans). You will find the form under Blanketter (Forms).

Latest updated: Sep 20, 2017