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How much money can a student receive?

Student aid consists of grants and loans and is calculated per week. The student decides whether to seek only grants or grants and loans. The total amount a student receives depends on how many weeks of study each semester or academic year consists of and if the studies are full-time or part-time.


Weekly student aid for full-time studies, 2019

Amount, SEK





Additional loan for studies abroad




Students who have custody of children may also receive extra allowance.

Students over 25 years who have had a certain income can receive an extra supplementary loan.

Predetermined number of weeks for some countries

CSN has predetermined the number of weeks of study for some countries. Those countries are Australia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, USA and Austria.

Predetermined number of weeks

We have only predetermined fixed weeks for a few countries and only for courses at college or university level, following the regular academic year of the country. For studies in other countries and other studies (e.g. upper secondary level, language courses or summer courses), we always estimate the study period based on the number of weeks of study.

Predetermined weeks for some countries*


Number of weeks of study


Semesterplan (two semesters): 17 + 17

Quarterplan (three semesters): 13 + 13 + 13


Two terms: a total of 39 weeks, e.g. 19 + 20 (may vary)

Three semesters: 13 + 13 + 13


19 + 19


21 + 21


19 + 22


17 + 20


19 + 20


21 + 21

* There are a few more countries. These are the most common.
Example: A student studies two semesters in the United States. CSN has determined the study period to 2 x 17 weeks. The student may receive 3,250 SEK x 17 weeks per semester, i.e. 55,250 SEK per semester and 110,500 SEK for a year.

Loans for additional costs

Students studying abroad can also apply for additional loans for:

  • tuition fees
  • travel costs
  • personal insurance
  • other costs directly related to the studies.

Loans for tuition fees

We grant loans for compulsory fees associated with studies, for example, costs for enrollment, courses, examinations and access to library and computer.

We do not grant additional loans for the following costs:

  • accommodation and food
  • fees for student unions
  • textbooks
  • consumables and study equipment
  • periods of study without fees, for example internship periods.

There is a maximum amount a student can borrow per
week of studies for tuition fees and a total maximum amount for all years of studies. Once the total maximum amount is reached, it is not possible to borrow any more for tuition fees. There is one ceiling for studies at secondary level and another for studies at post-secondary level.

Maximum amount per week in 2019, SEK

Post-secondary level


Secondary level



Total maximum amount of loans for tuition fees in 2019, SEK

Post-secondary level


Secondary level*


* Students who lack three-year upper secondary education have a maximum amount of 178,560 SEK.

Icon for updated Updated: 2018-11-08
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