The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) is the government agency that manages Swedish student finance, i.e. grants and loans for studies. We also manage driving licence loans and repayment of home equipment loans. You can find out more about the various finance options here. The information in English is of a general nature.
Table of contents
- Student finance – grants and loans for studies
- The right to Swedish student finance for foreign citizens who want to study in or outside of Sweden
- Repaying student loans
- Home equipment loans – for refugees
- Driving licence loan
- New arrivals in Sweden - refugee
- Children – information for persons under the age of 18
- About cookies and processing of personal data
- Information about CSN for foreign schools
- Official statistics on student financing
- Contact us
Information in English and other languages
We provide information about our various forms of grants and loans in different languages. Quite a lot of information has been translated into English. The most important information has been translated into other languages, such as Arabic, Spanish, etc.
Student finance – grants and loans for studies
There are various kinds of student finance, depending on what you are studying and how old you are. Here are the most common ones:
If you are studying at upper secondary school you can obtain a study allowance up to and including the spring term in which you reach the age of 20. The study allowance consists of different grants, for example student grant and supplementary allowance. The supplementary allowance is a grant that you can apply for if your family has a low income.
Student funding consists of grants and student loans. You can apply for student grants and loans as of the autumn term in which you reach the age of 20. If you are to study at a post-secondary course, for example at university, you can apply for student grants and loans even if you are below the age of 20. You must repay the student loan.
The education entry grant is for those who have been unemployed for a long time and need to pursue a compulsory school or upper secondary school course in order to get a job. This is a grant that you can receive for a maximum of 50 weeks if you are studying full time.
Student finance for transition and retraining is aimed at adults who have already entered the labour market. The student finance allows you to study and broaden your skills to improve your employability, either by further developing your expertise within your chosen field, or by starting down a new path.
Student finance for transition and retraining consists of a grant of up 80 per cent of your salary, up to a maximum amount, and a loan that you can use to top up your income, if you are looking to do to. It is available for 44 weeks or longer, should you choose to study part-time.
The right to Swedish student finance for foreign citizens who want to study in or outside of Sweden
The qualifications you need to fulfil in order to have the right to Swedish student finance depend on if you are planning to study in Sweden or abroad, and what citizenship you have.
Repaying student loans
Those who have studied with student loans from CSN start repaying their debt when they put their studies on hold or complete the studies for which they have received student financial aid. This applies even if you are unemployed, receiving parental benefit or moving abroad. Here you will find information on how to repay your loan and what you can do if you are having difficulties repaying.
Home equipment loans – for refugees
The Swedish parliament has decided to terminate the option to apply for home equipment loans, effective 1 January 2022.
If you have already been granted a home equipment loan, you are to continue making repayments on your loan as normal. You start to repay the loan two years after receiving the first payment.
Driving licence loan
You can borrow money from CSN to help you towards a Swedish category B driving licence. If you have a driving licence, it might be easier for you to get a job.
You can apply for a driving licence loan if you are
- aged 18 to 47 and meet certain conditions or
- aged 19–20 and have an upper secondary diploma or equivalent.
You can borrow a maximum amount of SEK 15,000. You will have to repay the loan, even if you have not obtained your licence.
New arrivals in Sweden - refugee
If you are a refugee or guardian for an unaccompanied minor you find more information under New arrivals in Sweden. The information is available in many languages.
Children – information for persons under the age of 18
The United Nations (UN) have rules about the rights of children. The rules are known as the Convention on the Rights of the Child. From 1 January 2020 your rights as a child in Sweden are even more protected. Since then the UN convention is a Swedish law, the Rights of the Child Act.
About cookies and processing of personal data
When you visit csn.se, cookies will be stored on your computer.
If you are applying for student finance, a home equipment loan or a driving licence loan from CSN, you must provide certain personal information.
Information about CSN for foreign schools
Here you can find information about CSN and the financial study support.
Official statistics on student financing
Sweden’s Official Statistics contains data that are essential for describing Sweden. Official statistics contribute to the development of our society by being objective and relevant. CSN has been assigned by the Government to be responsible for official statistics describing student financing.
The information on the English web sites is only of a general nature. If you wish to know more, please contact us at CSN.