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How do you apply?

Student grants and loans

When you apply for student grants and loans, you use the service Ansök om studiemedel (Apply for student grants and loan) in Mina sidor (only in Swedish). You fill in your application step by step. There are links and reading tips available for each step to help you out.

Use electronic ID

Please use your electronic ID when you apply for student aid. Then you can sign and submit your application without delay on our web site. It's fast and you don't need papers and stamps. With an electronic ID you can easily use our services in Mina sidor. You can order an electronic ID from your bank or from Telia with no costs.

If you don't have an electronic ID, you can apply for student aid with your personal code. It takes a longer time as you will have to print your application or order a printout to be able to sign it. Then you send the signed application by post to CSN.

When can you apply?

You can apply for student grants and loans at any time during the year. However, you can only receive student grants and loans dating back four weeks, calculated from the week when CSN received your application. You can also apply for student grants and loans if you do not yet know whether you have been accepted onto your preferred course. If you are planning to study for several semesters, we recommend you to apply for the full academic year. You can only apply for one year at a time.

If you fall ill after starting your studies, your application for student grants and loan must have been received by CSN before the first day of illness in order for you to receive student aid during the period of illness.

Study allowance

Study allowance includes student grant, supplementary allowance and boarding supplement. You do not have to apply for a student grant (to attend upper secondary school). You will automatically receive the grant starting in the quarter after you turn 16. But you have to apply for a supplementary allowance and boarding supplement. If you are not a Swedish citizen, you have to apply for the student grant.

Application forms - in Swedish

  • supplementary allowance - "Ansökan om extra tillägg" (form no. 1601M)
  • boarding supplement - "Ansökan om inackorderingstillägg" (form no. 1604M)
  • not Swedish citizen, application for student grant - "Ansökan om studiehjälp/Uppgifter för rätt till svenskt studiestöd" (form no. 4144M).

Study allowance for people with disabilities

For the 2017/18 academic year, your application must arrive by 30 June 2018.
E-mail: rgbidrag@csn.se

Education entry grant

To apply for the education entry grant, you must contact your home municipality. It is your home municipality that first assesses if you belong to the target group for the education entry grant. You can turn to your administrator at the Public Employment Service or the municipality to find out who at the municipality can help you. It is not possible to apply for the education entry grant directly with CSN.

If you are a foreign citizen

How you apply depends on your age and what you are studying.

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 loan.

If you are studying at a post-secondary education, you can apply for student grants and loan 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 financial aid for studies - 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 loan). 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 aid. It is because we have to determine if you have basic entitlement to financial aid for studies.

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 loan).
  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.

Studying abroad

Are you going to study abroad? If you want to apply for student grants and loans, you will have to fill in special forms. You also are required to submit certain enclosures with your application.

Study allowance for upper secondary studies abroad

If you are planning to study abroad, you must apply for a study allowance on your own. If you want to apply for a supplementary allowance or an allowance for daily travel, you must fill in other special forms. You can apply for study allowance until the spring term the year you reach the age of 20.

For the 2017/18 academic year, your application must arrive by 30 June 2018 at the latest.

Application forms - in Swedish:

  • for study allowance - "Ansökan om studiehjälp för studier utanför Sverige" (form no. 5101M)
  • for supplementary allowance - "Ansökan om extra tillägg" (form no. 1601M)
  • for allowance for daily travel - "Ansökan om bidrag för dagliga resor för studier utanför Sverige" (form no. 5103M).

Student grants and loans for studies abroad

When you apply for student grants and loans, you will have to use the service "Ansök om studiemedel" in Mina sidor (only in Swedish). You can log in using either an electronic ID or a personal code.

Submit certain enclosures with your application

In order for CSN to make a decision about your application for student aid, you are required to submit certain enclosures with your application. Omitting to submit such enclosures will result in CSN not being able to make a decision. The type of enclosures required depends on the educational programme in question and whether you are to commence a new or continue an ongoing education.

Read below for more information about the enclosures required.

Proof of admission

If you are applying for student aid for the first time, you must submit a proof of admission from the school abroad. The proof of admission should state your name and to what educational programme you have been admitted. It should also state if you are to study full-time or part-time and towards what degree. If you are attending single-subject courses, the proof of admission must state that the courses are degree courses of study and examination.

Language course verification

If you are attending a language course, you are not required to submit a proof of admission. Instead, you must submit a certificate of language studies. The school abroad should complete the CSN form titled "Intyg om språkkurs" form 5509W in English.

Student exchange programme verification

If you are attending a student exchange programme offered by your university in Sweden, you should contact the Swedish university to find out how your admission to the student exchange programme is being reported to CSN. If the university in Sweden has not reported the admission to CSN via the Ladok admission and documentation system, they must complete the CSN form 5524W "Intyg om deltagande i ett utbytesprogram". The completed form should then be enclosed with your application for student aid.

Study periods

If the proof of admission does not give details of the educational programme dates, you must submit such dates by way of a separate verification from the school abroad. Alternatively, you may submit a printout copy from the web site or course prospectus of the school abroad. The verification or printout copy should clearly state on what dates the educational programme including examination periods start and end, and provide details of academic holidays such Christmas and New Year.

For studies following the usual academic calendar of a university, CSN has for some countries predetermined the number of weeks that would normally entitle you to apply for student aid. The number of predetermined weeks only applies to educational programmes at the university level that comply with the ordinary academic calendar of the relevant country. If you do not have to abide by certain defined periods of study, you must submit an enclosure which states when your chosen educational programme starts and ends.

Proof of costs

When an application for student aid is meant to cover for example tuition fees and these are not clearly stated on the proof of admission, you should enclose evidence of such tuition fees from the educational institute with your application for student aid.

Study achievement

If you have already once been granted student aid for studies abroad, you must submit a copy of your academic study achievement from such studies.

If you are attending an educational programme that does not abide by a traditional grading system (e.g. credits, ECTS), you must submit a grading certificate or academic report from your most recent academic year.

Study plan

Some educational programmes do not follow a traditional grading system or course outline. If this is the case, you must submit a study plan with details of what courses you will study over the duration of the chosen educational programme. This applies for example to educational programmes in Germany and South America as well as arts and design courses.

Icon for updated Updated: 2018-02-13
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