The argument to limit the amount of money a student is allowed to earn, in order to receive full financial aid, has been that a student should be concentrating on studying, and that too much work during the term would affect the students results. The liberal party wants to do away with this limit completely, and the government has already raised it once, in 2011.
The proposal to raise it again is part of the government budget, which will be presented within the next two weeks. "This is a way to encourage students' connection to working life," says Maria Arnholm, Deputy Education Minister.
The spokesperson for the Green Party, Gustav Fridolin, is in favour of raising the limit, but he is concerned that the proposal means that the Government also plans to freeze the student aid for the next three years.
"Today it is difficult to manage on the student aid, especially for many who have high rents or who start studying later in life when they perhaps already have a family and children. We must have a student aid system that is adapted this this. We can't just expect all students to work full time, alongside actually studying full time," he tells the news agency TT.
We can't just expect all students to work full time, alongside actually studying full time," he tells the news agency TT.
And the chairman of the National Students Union Erik Arroy says they are not against raising the limit, but that they see it as "problematic" that the government increases the incentives to work extra. "We want the aim to be that full-time studies are full-time studies," he tells the news agency TT.