Students Fail to Pay Back
The state organisation which provides grants and loans to students says it has lost track of thousands of students who owe the state hundreds of millions of kronor. The director general of the organisation detailed the problems facing the organisation in a major article published in Dagens Nyheter the country's leading morning paper.
Students at colleges, universities, specialised institutes and even adult secondary education institutions are eligible for two types of financial support. First there is the free-for-all financial assistance, a lump sum given in the form of a grant to all who apply for it.
Then there is the state loan which students can apply for. But now the organisation which administers the study support, CSN, the Swedish Board for Study Assistance, says it is facing a very serious problem because of former students who failed to live up to their obligations.
However, the organisation which represents students questions the validity of the accusations and says the Board for Study Assistance does not have a solid base for its claim.