A few facts about CSN

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CSN is the Swedish Government authority in charge of student finance and home equipment loans.

It means that CSN

  • examines the right to student finance and home equipment loan
  • pays out student finance and home equipment loans
  • manages repayment of loans.

Following are the various kinds of student finance that CSN is in charge of:

  • Study allowance – for students at the upper secondary level (age 16-20)
  • Student grants and loans – for students at the upper secondary, adult secondary education, folk high school, college and university level
  • Study allowance for people with disabilities – allowance for travel and lodging for students at the national upper secondary school
  • TUFF-compensation – compensation for sign language eduacation for parents with children who are dependent on sign language to communicate
  • apprenticeship allowance - reimbursement for meals and travel costs for students in upper secondary apprenticeship programs.

CSN is also in charge of home equipment loan to people, primarily refugees, who are not Swedish citizens. A home equipment loan can be used to purchase furniture and kitchenware.

Furthermore, CSN is appointed by the Government as the responsible authority for official statistics regarding student finance. We are also commissioned to observe women’s and men’s conditions in our work of evaluation and analysis.

CSN in figures

In 2015:

  • CSN paid out study allowance to 398 000 students, student grants and loans to 476 000 students, study allowance for the disabled to 400 students, TUFF-compensation to 160 parents and home equipment loan to 13 400 people
  • CSN paid out 16,4 billion kronor in grants and 17,2 billion kronor in loans to students and also 196,7 million kronor in home equipment loan
  • borrowers owed a total of 211 billion kronor
  • borrowers with a study-loan debt paid 13,9 billion kronor
  • borrowers with a home equipment loan paid 146,5 million kronor
  • CSN answered 1,1 million phone calls and the time of waiting was on an average
    4 minutes and 14 seconds
  • the CSN organisation costs 794 million kronor.

Did you know that:

  • Student finance for studies began in 1919. The maximum was a loan of 1 500 kronor a year. The loan had to be repaid within 10 years.
  • General student grants were introduced in 1957. The grant was 34 kronor a month for 16-18 year old students. Before that, various performance-based scholarships were common.
  • CSN was formed in 1964 when the Study Allowance and Guaranteed Loans Committees merged. CSN stood for the Central Study Allowance Committee at that point.
  • The Swedish system of student grants and loans that is basically intact today was adopted in 1965. A number of local student grants committees also started that year. The purpose of the committees was to examine whether applicants qualified for student finance and send student grants and loans to people attending colleges and universities.
  • CSN moved from Stockholm to Sundsvall in 1974 and changed its name to the Central Student Grants Committee. The head office is still in Sundsvall.
  • The adult studies reform of 1975 gave adults the opportunity to attend upper secondary programmes, particularly Komvux. Adult education grants equivalent to unemployment benefits were introduced at the same time.
  • In 1975, adult education committees were formed in each county to examine applications for adult education grants. The local student grants committees and adult education committees were independent agencies with their own missions and boards. CSN supervised the processing of student finance applications by the committees and allocated appropriations.
  • In 1986, CSN took charge of study allowances at the upper secondary level. Municipalities, county councils, folk high schools and independent schools had previously had that responsibility.
  • The student grants and loans reform of 1989 introduced a new repayment system and improved student finance for those who went to school abroad.
  • CSN took charge of home equipment loans in 1991. CSN, the local student grants committees and the adult education committees merged into a single agency on 1 July 1992.
  • The Swedish system of student grants and loans was reformed again in 2001. Adult education grants were eliminated, as the result of which the Swedish system of student grants and loans provided the only student finance for adults. Repayment of student loans was also changed. Annuity loan, the kind of student loan currently available, was also introduced.
  • The extra child allowance for parents receiving student grants and loans was introduced in 2006. In addition, the maximum age for receiving student grants and loans was raised from 50 to 54.
Latest updated: Sep 28, 2017