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Information about the Corona virus

You can keep your student finance from CSN even if your school is closed or if the school has chosen to hold some teaching online due to the coronavirus. The income limit is still removed for grants and loans (studiemedel) until 30 June 2021. If you have difficulties repaying your loan due to the Corona situation, it is possible to postpone or reduce the payment.

You will be able to keep your student finance even if your school is closed or has distance learning

If your school is closed or is teaching online due to the coronavirus, you are still allowed to keep CSN’s grant and loan. Most schools offer distance learning so that you can keep studying. But even if you do not keep studying, or if your school can only offer part-time tuition, you get to keep the grant and loan that you have been cleared for.

If you become ill or need to care for your child

If you are unable to study due to illness or need to care for a child, it is important that you report this. You will be able to keep your student grants and loans while you are ill. We can also take into consideration if you or your child have been sick when, for example, we look at your study results.

How to report illness

If you are studying with student grants and loans or an education entry grant in Sweden, you should notify Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) that you are sick. If you are studying abroad you should notify CSN that you are sick.

If you are a younger student in upper secondary level collecting student aid in Sweden, please notify the school that you are sick. If you are studying outside Sweden, you should notify CSN that you are sick.

Report illness to Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency)

Report illness to CSN (in Swedish)

Read more about the rules that apply while you are sick (in Swedish)

How to report caring for a child

If you cannot study due to you caring for a child, you must report this to CSN. If we approve the care period, you will be allowed to keep your grants and loans from CSN. We can also take the childcare into consideration the next time we examine your study results. There are other benefits to reporting caring for a child.

Caring for a child includes, for example,

  • your child becoming ill
  • your child having to stay home from preschool or school due to being a suspected carrier of the coronavirus
  • your child’s preschool, school, or after-school centre (“fritids”) is closed at some point between 25 April 2020 and 30 June 2021 due to the coronavirus
  • your child has been seriously ill during 2020 or 2021 and should not be risk exposure to the coronavirus, and must therefore stay at home at some point between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.

Report caring for a child to CSN

Read more about the rules that apply while you are caring for a child (in Swedish)

If you are quarantined – if you become infected with a dangerous communicable disease

If it becomes impossible for you to study because a doctor has decided to take measures under the Communicable Diseases Act (smittskyddslagen), you can keep your grants and loans from CSN. For example, if a doctor decides that you are not to participate in your education for a given time period, that you are to be quarantined, or kept in isolation.

Contact Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) and report that a doctor’s decision means that you cannot study, and that you want to keep your student finance while you are considered to be a carrier. You must provide a note from your doctor to Försäkringskassan, proving that you are quarantined or similar, and stating the dates during which the decision applies.

Read more on Försäkringskassan’s website about how to report this (in Swedish)

The Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten)may decide to close a certain geographical area, such as the area where you live. This means that you cannot leave the area. In such an event, you will only keep your student finance if you continue to study from home, remotely.

If your study results are affected

Next time you apply for student grants and loans, we will check how many credits you have accumulated. If you are short of credits because the school was unable to provide teaching during the coronavirus pandemic, we will take this into consideration. But you must have some form of documentation showing what has happened. This can be a certificate provided by the school, an e-mail from the school, or screenshots of the school’s information online.

Study results (in Swedish)

If you have income - the income limit has been removed until June 2021

The income limit has been temporarily removed for students with grants and loans (studiemedel) during 2020 until June 2021. This means that your income during this period will not affect the grant and loan amounts that you are entitled to. This includes income you receive from capital and business operations in 2020 until the end of June 2021.

Keep in mind that the income limit will apply as normal from 1 July 2021. If you are working in June and get your wages at the end of July, this may therefore affect your right to grants and loans for the 1 July – 31 December 2021 period.

The income limit was removed in 2020 within the education entry grant (studiestartsstödet), but in 2021 ordinary rules apply for the income limit within the education entry grant.

If the start of your studies is postponed

If you have applied for and received a decision on student grant and loans or education entry grant, and your school has subsequently postponed the start of the studies, you will keep the student grant or loan or education entry grant. This means that you will receive grants and loans from the date that the education was originally set to start.

How to submit your study assurance

To receive your payment, you must submit a study assurance to CSN. You submit your study assurance once the studies were due to start. You can for example do this via Mina sidor (My Pages).

If you have received a study assurance which the school must also sign

In some cases, you need to submit your study assurance on a special form that the school normally must also sign. If the start of your studies has been postponed due to the coronavirus, you only need to sign the form yourself.

Make a short note in the form that the start of your studies has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Send in the form to CSN along with a document of some kind showing that the start of the studies has been postponed. This can be a certificate or e-mail from the school, or screenshots of the school’s information online, showing what has happened.
More information about how to submit your study assurance (in Swedish)

If you are submitting a new application for student grants and loans or education entry grant, and the school has already announced that the start will be postponed, you can only be given grants and loans for the date when the education actually starts.

Problems paying a repayment claim

Have you received a repayment claim which you can’t pay? If so, it is best to call us so that we can find a solution together.

Contact CSN about problems with paying

If you have problems making repayments on your student loan

If you have a lower income than previously, you can apply to pay less for some time. You can apply for a reduction on Mina sidor (My Pages). You will be asked to fill in your estimated income during the year, and based on this information, CSN will determine if you are entitled to a reduction. If your income changes again during the year, it is important that you tell us.

You can also apply to pay less due to special circumstances if the coronavirus has temporarily and unexpectedly affected your ability to make repayments. If this is the case, e-mail us and give an explanation of your financial situation.

If you have a temporary difficulty paying, you can postpone a payment for one month. You can do this yourself on Mina sidor( My Pages). If you need to postpone a payment for more than one month, you can call us.

If you are a foreign national and you or your family member becomes unemployed

If you have Swedish student grants and loans because you are an employee or entrepreneur in Sweden and you become unemployed, please inform CSN. The duty to notify us also applies to persons with Swedish student grants and loans who are a family member of such a person. If the person who becomes unemployed immediately registers as unemployed at Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service), you may still be entitled to Swedish student finance.

If you have a home equipment loan and have problems making repayments

Has the coronavirus affected your income so that you are finding it difficult to repay your home equipment loan? Then you can apply to repay less or nothing at all (deferment) for up to a full calendar year. Contact CSN for more information about this.

More information

More information about the coronavirus and CSN in Swedish

Contact CSN

More information about the coronavirus on the website 1177.se

Icon for updated Updated: 2021-05-18
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