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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Qualifying for student aid as a foreigner

Usually Swedish citizens who are studying receive student aid in the form of grants and loans. This is called CSN.

Generally speaking, non-Swedish citizens do not have the right to receive student aid. Coming here as a student does not qualify you to receive student aid by itself.

You may have the basic right to receive financial aid for studies if you meet one of the following requirements. Note that this does not guarentee you will receive aid, but they are the minimum requirement:

- a permanent residence permit (PUT)

- refugee status according to the Swedish Migration Board

- a right of residence and be a citizen of an EU Member State, and you must have worked in Sweden for at least two years

- a right of residence and be a citizen of an EU Member State, and you must have been married or cohabiting for at least two years. The person with whom you are married or cohabiting must be a Swedish citizen or be living in Sweden and have a basic right to financial aid for studies. Under certain circumstances, you may qualify if you have been married or cohabiting for less than two years

- a right of residence and be a citizen of an EU Member State, and you must have been younger than 20 when you entered Sweden. You accompanied or joined your parents, who are living and working in Sweden

- a permanent right of residence (PUR)

- a job in Sweden. You come from another EU or EEA Member State or from Switzerland, and you will be taking advanced training in your occupation in Sweden

- a close relative who is working in Sweden. You are married to, cohabiting with or the child of someone who comes from another EU or EEA Member State or from Switzerland

- a status as a long-term resident in Sweden or another EU Member State according to the Swedish Migration Board. You must also have a residence permit in Sweden.If your parent is a migrating researcher, or a Turkish citizen who is working in Sweden there are special rules.

More details or questions?
Contact CSN directly. Start by viewing their CSN's homepage.

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