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CSN is the governmental agency that gives out student loans and grants.
CSN is the governmental agency that gives out student loans and grants. Credit: Jessica Gow/TT

Move to stop supporting students at "non-democratic" colleges

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The Swedish government wants to tighten the rules for student aid, to prevent taxpayer money funding students at foreign institutions that spread non-democratic values.

The aim is to clarify that students should not get Swedish money if they're enrolled in programs which would not merit funding in Sweden. The student funding body CSN could deny student aid for programs that are not in line with tenets of the Swedish constitution.

This summer, the newspaper Dagens Nyheter revealed that millions of kronor in state money had been used to help fund students at a religious missionary school in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

If programs only accept applications from people of a certain gender, as in the case of the Islamic University which only accepts male students, CSN could refuse to give assistance.



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