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What is student finance?

Student finance is money you can receive or borrow to study. There are various kinds of student grants and loans.

Study allowance

Study allowance is a collective name for the grants and allowance you can receive if you study at upper-secondary school, such as the student grant.

What is a study allowance?

Study allowance is a collective name for the grants and allowance you can receive if you study at upper-secondary school, such as the student grant.

There are three different kinds of study allowance (studiehjälp).


The different kinds are:

  • a student grant (studiebidrag)
  • a supplementary allowance (extra tillägg)
  • a boarding supplement (inackorderingstillägg).

*Only some people are eligible

Can you receive a study allowance?

You are eligible for a study allowance if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You will be age 16-20.
  • You will be a full-time student.
  • You will be attending an upper secondary school, adult secondary education programme (Komvux) or folk high school.

Student grant

You will automatically receive a student grant. That means that you don't have to submit an application. You will receive a student grant starting in the quarter after you turn 16 until the spring semester of the year that you turn 20. If you are a foreign citizen you have to apply for the student grant. To apply you use the form "Ansökan om studiehjälp/Uppgifter för rätt till svenskt studiestöd" (form no. 4144M).

Supplementary allowance

If your family needs a bigger grant, you may apply for a supplementary allowance. Whether you are eligible for a supplementary allowance and how much money you can receive depends on your finances and the finances of your parents.

Boarding supplement

If you will be living and studying someplace other than your home town, you may apply for a boarding supplement. The kinds of studies that you will be pursuing, as well as the distance between your parents' home and your school, determine whether you can receive a boarding supplement or not. How much money you are eligible for also depends on the distance between your parents' home and the school

Student grants and loans

You can apply for student grants and loans if you are going to study at a university, vocational college, municipal adult education, folk high school, upper-secondary school and other post-secondary education programmes. You can also apply for student grants and loans if you are going to study abroad. You can choose to only take the grant if you want.

If you are studying at municipal adult education, folk high school or another primary or secondary educational programme, you can apply for student grants and loans as of the autumn of the year you turn 20.

What is student grants and loans?

You can apply for student grants and loans if you are going to study at a university, vocational college, municipal adult education, folk high school, upper-secondary school and other post-secondary education programmes. You can also apply for student grants and loans if you are going to study abroad. You can choose to only take the grant if you want.

If you are studying at municipal adult education, folk high school or another primary or secondary educational programme, you can apply for student grants and loans as of the autumn of the year you turn 20.

Student aid (studiemedel) is money that you can receive to help you pursue your studies. If you want to receive student aid, you must apply for it.

Student aid includes both grants and loans. It is up to you whether you want to take out a loan. You must pay the loan back later on.

How much student finance you can receive depends on whether you are studying full-time or part-time and how many weeks you are studying.

You will be eligible to receive some of the grants and loans under special circumstances:

  • The extra child allowance (tilläggsbidrag) is intended for you if you have children.
  • The supplementary loan (tilläggslån) is intended for you if you turn 25 during the year and have worked previously and had a certain minimum income.
  • The additional loan (merkostnadslån) is intended for you if you have extra costs while you are studying.
  • Higher grant (högre bidrag) can you under certain circumstances receive if you are studying at the compulsory or upper secondary school level and do not already have an upper secondary qualification.

Can you receive student aid?

You can receive student aid:

  • if you will be attending a college or university or taking certain other courses after upper secondary school
  • if you will be attending a folk high school, adult secondary education programme (Komvux), national adult education programme, or another compulsory or upper secondary school starting in the autumn of the year that you turn 20
  • until the year that you turn 56 - but your eligibility for a loan may be limited starting in the year that you turn 47.

How long can you receive student aid?

If you will be studying at:

  • a college or university, you can receive student aid for up to 240 weeks (12 semesters)
  • the upper secondary level, you can receive student aid for 80-120 weeks, depending on whether you have completed upper secondary school
  • the compulsory school level, you can receive student aid for 40-100 weeks, depending on whether you have completed compulsory school and need practice in reading, writing and arithmetic.

How do you apply?

You apply for student aid in Mina sidor.

Education entry grant

The education entry grant is a grant directed at those who are unemployed, who have a short prior education and need education at the primary or upper-secondary level to be able to get a job. It is the municipality that first reviews if the person belongs to the target group for the education entry grant. The application is also submitted to the municipality. It is not possible to apply for the education entry grant directly with CSN.

What is an education entry grant?

With the education entry grant, if you are unemployed, you can get started with studies to get closer to a job.

The grant is for those, who have a short prior education and need education at the primary or upper-secondary level to be able to get a job.

It is your home municipality that first assesses if you belong to the target group for the education entry grant. They also help you plan your studies and apply for the education entry grant if it is relevant for you. It is not possible to apply for the education entry grant directly with CSN.

Requirements for the education entry grant

Here are some of the requirements you need to meet to have the right to the education entry grant:

  • You are 25-56 years of age.
  • You are unemployed and have been registered as a job seeker with the Public Employment Service for at least six months.
  • You have a short prior education and have an extensive need for education at the primary or upper-secondary level to be able to get a job.
  • You have not had student aid in the past three years.
  • You must study at least 50 per cent of full time for at least three weeks.

Are you a foreign citizen? Then you also need to meet the requirements to be entitled to Swedish student financial aid.

Apply with the municipality

You apply for the education entry grant with your home municipality. If you have contact with an administrator at the Public Employment Service or the municipality, he or she can refer to you someone who can help you with your application.

How much you can receive?

This table shows how much you can receive for the education entry grant for one week and for four weeks.

Education entry grant amount, 2018

You are studying

1 week, SEK

4 weeks, SEK

Full time, 100%

2 161

8 644

Part time, 75%

1 619

6 476

Part time, 50%

1 082

4 328

Supplemental allowance for those with children

If you have custody of a child, you can receive an extra allowance. This is called a supplemental allowance.

How long can you receive the education entry grant?

You can receive the education entry grant for 50 weeks at full time. If you study half time, it corresponds to 100 weeks with the education entry grant. After this time, you can apply for student aid.

Study allowance for people with disabilities

The study allowance for people with disabilities can be applied for by those who have a hearing impairment or motor impairment when attending a national upper-secondary school.

What is a study allowance for people with disabilities?

If you are hearing-impaired or disabled, you can receive a study allowance for people with disabilities (Rg-bidrag).

You can receive a study allowance for people with disabilities if you will be attending one of the:

  • national upper secondary schools for the deaf and hearing-impaired in Örebro
  • national upper secondary schools for young people with severe disabilities in Angered, Kristianstad, Skärholmen or Umeå.

What costs does a study allowance for people with disabilities cover?

When you attend a national upper secondary school, you may have extra costs for food, housing, going home to visit your parents, etc. You can receive a study allowance for people with disabilities to help cover those costs.

If you want to find out more about the study allowance for people with disabilities or obtain an application form, contact CSN in Eskilstuna.

Studying abroad

If you are going to study abroad, you may be eligible for either student aid or a study allowance. Which one you receive depends on what you are going to study and how old you are.


If you want to receive student aid or a study allowance, you must apply for it.

You can receive student aid if you are going to study at:

  • post-secondary level, for example at a college or university
  • upper secondary level*, for example at a language course, or at an institution that is the equivalent of a Swedish upper secondary school, adult secondary education programme (Komvux) or folk high school.

*) You can receive student aid for studies at upper secondary level from 1 July of the year when you turn 20.

Normally, only Swedish citizens are entitled to student aid for studies outside Sweden. However, CSN may make an exception from this rule for EU nationals and their relatives.
Swedish financial aid for foreign students studying abroad (pdf, 49 kB)

This is how much you can receive

Student aid includes both grants and loans. You can choose whether you want to take a loan or not. You must pay the loan back later on.

Här ska uträknaren eller tabell in!

You will receive a study allowance if you:

  • are between 16-20 years old and are attending an institution that is the equivalent of an upper secondary school, an adult secondary education programme (Komvux) or a folk high school in Sweden

Study allowances include student grants, supplementary allowances, boarding supplements and allowances for daily travel.

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