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Information about the Corona virus

You will be able to keep your student finance if your school is closed due to the coronavirus. The income limit has also been removed for 2020. 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

If your school is closed due to the coronavirus, you still get to keep your student finance. Most schools offer distance learning so that you can continue studying. But even if you do not continue studying, or if your school can only offer part-time tuition, you are still entitled to keep your approved student finance from CSN.

If you become ill or need to care for your child

Unable to study due to illness? Or due to having to care for a child that is ill or who cannot be at preschool or school? Then you are obligated to report this.

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 your sickness period is approved, you will keep your grants and loans, and your study result requirements will also be lowered. There are also other benefits to reporting your sickness.

If you are studying at upper-secondary level with a study allowance, you should report your sickness to the school (if you study in Sweden) or to CSN (if you study abroad).

Report illness to Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency)

Report illness to CSN

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 care 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”) has closed some time during the period 25 April – 30 September 2020 due to the coronavirus
  • if your child has been seriously ill during 2020 and should not be exposed to the risk of being infected by the coronavirus, and therefore must stay at home sometime during the period 1 July – 30 September 2020.

Report caring for a child to CSN

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

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 website.

If you have income - the income limit is removed for 2020

The income limit has been temporarily removed during 2020 for students with grants and loans. This means that your income during this year 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.

If the start of your studies is postponed

Has your school postponed the start of your studies due to the coronavirus? If you have received a decision from CSN from the original start date, you will still be entitled to student finance from that date, even if teaching at the school has not started by that date.

If you study with grants and loans or an education entry grant, you must submit a study assurance to CSN in order for the money to be paid out to you. You submit your study assurance once the studies were due to start. You can for example do this via Mina sidor (My Pages).

Have you received a study assurance form 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 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 website, showing what has happened.

If you have withdrawn from or interrupted your studies

It is important that you notify CSN if you decide to not continue your studies. You are not entitled to keep the student finance if the school offers distance learning and you decide to not continue your studies.

You can report your interruption of studies on Mina sidor or by e-mailing, calling, or sending a signed letter.

Click on the button "Meddela studieavbrott" to report interruption of studies in Mina sidor (in Swedish).

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If you lower your rate of study, you will take fewer credits than planned

If the school can only offer part-time and not full-time distance learning, you are still entitled to the grants and loans that you have been approved for. We will continue to pay out your student finance and you do not need to contact CSN.

However, if you personally choose to lower your rate of study, for example from full time to part time, it is important that you inform CSN of this. Otherwise, you may receive too much grants and loans, and you will then be forced to repay the excess amounts.

You can report your new rate of study on Mina sidor or by e-mailing, calling, or sending a signed letter.

Click on the button "Ändra utbildning, bidrag och lån" to change course/programme, grant and loan in Mina sidor (in Swedish).

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If you are studying abroad and want to travel home to Sweden

If you are studying with student grants and loans and want to go home, you should primarily try to rebook your return trip for an earlier date. If your ticket cannot be rebooked, you can apply to CSN for an additional loan to cover the cost of traveling home. If you have purchased a student insurance policy, contact your insurance company to find out whether the insurance covers the costs of traveling home.

Contact us as soon as possible if you need to apply for an additional loan to cover the cost of traveling home.

If you are having difficulty making repayments to CSN

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.

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Problems making repayments on your student loan

If your financial situation has changed and you have trouble making repayments on your student loan, there are some measures that you can take.

If your income has dropped causing you to struggle to make repayments, you can apply to pay less for a specified period. This is called a reduction. You can apply for a reduction on Mina sidor. 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 notify us.

Click on the button "Ansök om att betala mindre" to apply to pay less in Mina sidor (in Swedish).

If you lack income, you can apply to pay less due to special circumstances. If this is the case, write to us and explain your financial situation. The easiest way of doing this is via our e-mail form.

If you have a temporary difficulty paying, you can postpone a payment for one month. You can do this on Mina sidor. If you need to postpone a payment for more than one month, you can contact us. The easiest way to do this is by telephone. You can also switch to monthly instead of quarterly payments, if this is helpful.

Click on the button "Flytta fram en betalning" to postpone a payment in Mina sidor (in Swedish).

Click on the button "Ändra till månadsbetalning" to switch to monthly payments in Mina sidor (in Swedish).

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Trouble repaying your home equipment loan

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 us for more information about this.

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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.

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Icon for updated Updated: 2020-07-03
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