Truancy causes record number to lose student aid

Around 22,000 Swedish high school students had their student aid money rescinded this past school year. That is about seven percent of all students, which is the highest level ever.

The numbers for the two previous years were 6.6 percent and 6.4 percent respectively, according to CSN, the national student aid agency.

The percentage of truants in Swedish high schools has been increasing over the previous eight years, though the increases have levelled out over the last two years.

The statistics show that there is a clear majority of boys that skip school. Of the total truancies, 64 percent were boys versus 36 percent girls.

Private schools report a higher truancy rate than public schools.

Full-time high school students in Sweden receive around SEK 1,000 per month from CSN, the money is aid not a loan.