CSN: student finance for Swedish students

CSN is a Swedish government agency that provides grants and loans to Swedish students who study abroad at approved schools and courses. Here you can learn who can get CSN, how much money you can get, and how to apply.

Who can apply for CSN-funding?

How much money can you get? - calculator

How to apply for and receive funds from CSN?

Help with CSN for students (in Swedish)

Help for international schools

Add a CSN-button to your website

Who can apply for CSN-funding?

There are a few exceptions but these are the general requirements for students from Sweden to be eligible for CSN-funding at schools abroad:

How much money can you get?

CSN consists of a small grant and several optional loans. The amount of money a student can get depends on how many weeks they study. Below you will find the weekly CSN-amounts. Set the course length to calculate the amount for a fixed number of weeks. Please note that students don't get money during holidays, only weeks during the regular semester counts.

CSN amounts per week in 2024

CurrencySEKEUR
Grant99786
Living cost loan2292197
Study Abroad loan71662
Tuition fee loan higher education / language school3666 / 1833315 / 158
Total: higher education / language school7671 / 5838660 / 502
Students can also take loans for insurance and the trip to their place of study.
CSN is capped to the number of weeks mentioned under course length above, and the tuition fee loan has a lifetime cap of 440064 SEK (37835 EUR) for higher education.

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How to apply for and receive funds from CSN?

To apply for CSN-funding a student must first be accepted to a school abroad. Once they have received a confirmation of enrolment with supporting documents (stating their name, date of birth, the chosen course and credits, semester dates, and tuition fees) they can apply at CSN’s website.

The student's application will normally be approved by CSN if the conditions above are met, the requested documents are submitted, and the student doesn’t have any previous issues with CSN. However, CSN can change their rules without notifying us and approved schools will be reevaluated after a couple of years.

CSN will pay the grants and loans directly to the students. The first payment is done at the earliest 2-3 weeks before the course starts. Students usually receive the tuition fee loan for one semester at a time and the other grants and loans on a monthly basis.

Once a CSN-application has been approved they will get a document in English stating the amounts they will get and when they will get them. If a student needs to show proof of finance before they can get accepted to a school they can apply for this on CSN's form 5514.

Help with CSN for students (in Swedish)

At Utlandsstudier.se students can find free help and more info about CSN. Students can also read more in Swedish on CSN’s official website.

Help for international schools

If your school has not had Swedish CSN students before CSN will test your school once the first student applies. DreamStudies has more than 20 years experience of working with CSN, we can help your school and your students with CSN questions. We can also help your school with marketing and recruitment offline in Scandinavia and online worldwide. Read more on our partnership page. You can also read more about CSN on their page for foreign schools.

Add a CSN-button to your website

If your school is approved by CSN in Sweden it is a good idea to show this to your Swedish students and link them to relevant info about CSN. Here you can create a customized CSN-button that you can add to your website:

Create a CSN-button for your website