Did you know that Swedes are paid to study in Sweden? And did you know that you might be too? Centrala Studiestödsnämnden, CSN awards no less than 23 billion SEK in student aid. Thereby making it possible for 900,000 students a year to pursue their studies, regardless of their social, economic or geographic background.
- What is CSN?
- Am I entitled to CSN?
- How do I apply?
What is CSN?
The Swedish National Board of Student Aid (called Centrala Studiestödsnämnden, CSN in Swedish) is in charge of everything concerning the Swedish student aid. CSN administrates:
- the examination of the applications,
- the distribution of the loans and grants,
- and the repayment of the loans.
The Swedish student aid is usually divided into two categories: a loan and a grant. The grant comes with no demands of repayment as long as you successfully comply with your studies. The loan on the contrary must be repaid regardless of you achievements. Student aid is granted for both studies in Sweden and abroad.
The Swedish National Board of Student Aid does not only grant student aid for university studies. You can get student aid for many different types of studies, such as:
- upper secondary education,
- adult secondary education (e.g. the Swedish as second language courses),
- folk high school education,
- and college education.
Am I entitled to CSN?
Maybe. But it depends on several factors. You need to meet the basic requirements that apply to all applicants AND meet the specific requirements that apply in your personal case.
Learn more about the requirements here:
- basic requirements for all applicants. You find information in a number of languages. Scroll down the page and select the language that suits your needs.
- specific requirements for refugees (scroll down to the section „Right to financial aid for studies in Sweden according to Swedish regulations“ information in English)
The regulations concerning the entitlement to student aid for foreigners in Sweden are very complex. We therefore strongly recommend you to contact the Swedish National Board of Student Aid, so that you get the correct information concerning you personal case.
However, the general “rule” says that you are entitled to student aid in Sweden, if you moved to Sweden for a different reason than studying here.
How do I apply to student aid?
You have two options. You can either apply by filling out a paper form. Or apply online with BankID. You usually get an answer within weeks (it usually takes longer if you apply for studies abroad).
- request a personal code
- fill out the paper form and print it
- send it by regular mail
- login with your BankID or personal code
- fill out your application
- sign your application with your BankID and send it (learn how you obtain a BankID).
Learn more about the application process here (information in English).