Study Support

When you, as a working member, want to develop your work-related skills and strengthen your position in the labour market, you can claim reimbursement of costs including the course fee, literature and materials to a total amount of SEK 3,250 per term.

Once you have received the maximum amount of Unionen’s study support (SEK 13,000), you need to wait three years before you can apply again. Even if you have not received the total amount, you can apply and start a new reimbursement period after a gap of three years.

For applications covering the autumn term of 2016 and earlier, the maximum amount is SEK 3,200/term. 

If you are a working member of Unionen, you can apply for study support for course costs dated after the qualification period of six months, in other words from your seventh month of membership. If you have been a working member of another trade union for at least six months and have transferred to Unionen without a break, you can apply for reimbursement of course costs dated from your first day of membership of Unionen if you enclose a membership certificate from your previous trade union with your application. Read more about who can apply for study support here.

You can have your expenses reimbursed for course fees, course literature and course material that the provider of the course certifies that you need for the course/study programme in question.

We only support teacher-led courses that provide work-related skills development and that strengthen your position in the labour market.

The date of the course determines the term that the application covers. The term dates applied by Unionen follow the Swedish academic term dates (spring and autumn) with the addition of an extra summer term when confirmed by the school or academic institution in question. As regards courses/study programmes offered by course providers other than colleges, universities, folk high schools and adult education centres, the following term dates apply: Spring term: Weeks 1–24. Summer term: Weeks 25–32. Autumn term: Weeks 33–52.

You must be registered as a working member when we receive and start processing your application.

Read more about our terms and conditions by scrolling down or clicking the link for a particular question:

  1. Who can apply for Unionen study support? 
    - Are you a member of Unionen Student?
    - What does “a working member” mean?
  2. Which courses can I apply for study support for? 
    - What is meant by teacher-led online or distance courses?
    - Are there any courses for which I CAN’T apply for study support?
  3. Which course costs can I have reimbursed? 
    - Which course costs can I NOT have reimbursed?
    - What do I need to know about invoice and receipt dates?
    - Can I have course costs reimbursed if they were paid by my employer or my own company?
  4. How many terms are there and when are they? 
  5. What is the earliest date I can buy my course literature?
  6. Can I apply retroactively for study support for a course I went on a few years ago?
  7. I am a working member today, but I am going to start studying. Will I then be a Unionen Student member?
  8. What if I am unemployed and want to start studying?
  9. What if I am self-employed and want to apply for Unionen’s study support?
  10. How do I apply for study support?
  11. What documentation do I need to send in?
  12. Have you received my application?
  13. When can I expect to hear back from you?
  14. Is there something you would like to ask us? You can phone us or send an e-mail. You will find our contact information here.

1. Who can apply for Unionen study support?

  • If you have been a working member of Unionen for at least six months, you can apply for study support for course costs dated after your seventh month of membership.
  • If you are a working member of Unionen and have been a member of another trade union for at least six months, switching to Unionen without a break, you can apply for study support for course costs dated from your first month of membership in Unionen.
  • If you are a working member of Unionen and have been a member of Unionen Student for at least six months, switching to Unionen without a break, you can apply for study support for course costs dated from your first month of membership in Unionen.

Are you a member of Unionen Manager? The same rules apply to members of Unionen Manager as to working members of Unionen, see above.

Are you a member of Unionen Self-employed? The same rules apply to members of Unionen Self-employed as to working members of Unionen, with the exception that study support is given on an individual basis. Read more specific information here.

Are you only a member of Unionen’s a-kassa? If so, you will not be covered by Unionen’s trade union membership benefits such as study support, etc.

You must be registered as a working member when we receive and start processing your application.

Are you a member of Unionen Student?

Read about study support for students. (information only in Swedish)

What does “a working member” mean?

Working member is a form of membership. Working members include members who have a job, who are members of Unionen Manager, or Unionen Self-employed but who may temporarily be on parental leave, unemployed, studying or on sick leave.

2. Which courses can I apply for study support for?

You can apply for study support regardless of whether you are studying full-time or alongside your ordinary work. Unionen study support is available for both longer study programmes and shorter evening or one-day courses. You can study a new language, marketing, law or learn new software, or study something completely different that will enable you to develop work-related skills and strengthen your position in the labour market.

Reimbursement is available for courses attended at colleges, universities, adult education centres or vocational colleges. The cost of courses attended at folk high schools, adult educational associations and private education companies can be reimbursed too, depending on the course subject and content. Unionen study support is also available for studies abroad.

Reimbursement is also available for the cost of driving lessons in order to obtain a general driving licence. We will reimburse the cost of your driving lessons, teacher-led theory course, Risk 1 and Risk 2 (skid pan) and course literature that your driving school certifies that you need for the course in question.

What is meant by teacher-led online or distance courses?

We only reimburse the cost of courses that are teacher-led. If you take a distance or online course, you need to have an opportunity for interaction/dialogue/personal contact and supervision by a teacher while the course is in progress. This may be via Skype, e-mail, Facebook, phone, chat, video conferencing or by submitting assignments on which the course leader provides feedback. The information provided by the course provider (course description or course certificate) must show the way in which the course is teacher-led.

Are there any courses for which I CAN’T apply for study support?

  • Leisure and hobby-based courses
  • Boat driving licence, coastal skipper exam, hunting licence, motorcycle licence or green card certification in golf.
  • Self-studies without teacher supervision.
  • Distance learning and online study programmes without teacher supervision.
  • Courses where the aim is for the new skills learnt to be practised in the workplace, in addition to ordinary work duties, such as courses in massage, diet and nutrition, etc.
  • Courses in preventive healthcare and personal development including mindfulness, coaching or inspirational/motivational seminars, yoga or stress management. You can, however, apply for the reimbursement of a course that leads to an instructor qualification in any of the areas mentioned. 

3. Which course costs can I have reimbursed?

We will reimburse you for costs such as course fees, your student union membership fee, course literature and materials (for example, software, calculator or anything else that you may need for the course as specified by the school in a literature/materials list). If you have a certificate from the school stating that you need your own computer for the course, a grant of a maximum SEK 3,250 (SEK 3,200 for 2016) is available for you to buy a computer.

Subscription charges for course provision

If you pay a subscription charge which gives you access to a range of courses, you can apply for study support for this. The courses must meet our criteria – they must be teacher-led, you must be able to benefit from them at work and they must strengthen your position in the labour market. You can send us your application once you have a certificate for the course you have started in the term in question.

Which course costs can I NOT have reimbursed?

  • Membership fees of various organisations
  • Broadband internet services
  • Travel, accommodation and food
  • Cost of certification 
  • Invoices to business. However, we do accept invoices to your own business if you are self-employed (sole proprietorship)

What do I need to know about invoice and receipt dates?

Receipts and invoices must be dated while your membership is still valid and you fulfil the criterion of having been a working member of Unionen for six months. Receipts and invoices relating to course literature/materials should be dated in close connection to the course period. Read more about this under “What is the earliest date I can buy my course literature?”

Can I have course costs reimbursed if they were paid by my employer or my own company?

Because we reimburse you as an individual member and not as an employer or company, the invoice must be issued to you and paid by you as a private individual and not by your employer or a company.

If you are a member of Unionen Self-employed, you can receive compensation both for course costs that you have paid for privately and for those which are paid for by your own business (sole proprietorship). However, we cannot reimburse course costs paid by your own company if this is an entity other than a sole proprietorship. 

4. How many terms are there and when are they?

The term dates applied by Unionen follow the Swedish academic term dates (spring and autumn) with the addition of an extra summer term when confirmed by the school or academic institution in question. As regards courses/study programmes offered by course providers other than colleges, universities, folk high schools and adult education centres, the following term dates apply: Spring term: Weeks 1–24. Summer term: Weeks 25–32. Autumn term: Weeks 33–52. The date of the course determines the term that the application covers. 

5. What is the earliest date I can buy my course literature?

You need to buy your course literature close to the date when the course starts. We accept receipts for the purchase of course literature as follows:

  • Spring term (weeks 1–24): purchases made from 1 December
  • Summer term (weeks 25–32): purchases made from 1 May
  • Autumn term (weeks 33–52): purchases made from 1 July

 6. Can I apply retroactively for study support for a course I attended few years ago?

You can either apply for study support for the current term or backdated up to one year. Course costs must be dated from the period in which you are a working member of Unionen, once you have met the qualification criterion of at least six months’ membership, see the examples shown below.

  • If you have been a working member of Unionen for at least six months, you can apply for study support for course costs dated after your seventh month of membership.
  • If you are a working member of Unionen and have been a member of another trade union for at least six months, switching to Unionen without a break, you can apply for study support for course costs dated from your first month of membership in Unionen.
  • If you are a working member of Unionen and have been a member of Unionen Student for at least six months, switching to Unionen without a break, you can apply for study support for course costs dated from your first month of membership in Unionen.

You need to submit your application for study support for the spring term 2016 to us by week 24 (2017) at the latest. Applications for the summer term 2016 must be received by week 32 (2017) at the latest and applications for the autumn term 2016 need to be received by week 52 (2017) at the latest.

You must be registered as a working member when we receive and start processing your application.

Read more about study support for your course costs from your period of Unionen Student membership here. (information only in Swedish)  

7. I am a working member today but I am going to start studying. Will I be then a Unionen Student member?

No, you should keep your Working membership and this entitles you to apply for study support of up to SEK 3,250 per term provided that you meet the membership condition. Once you have received SEK 13,000, you must wait for three years before you can apply for study support again. Read more about lower membership fees while you are studying here(information only in Swedish)

One of the criteria for receiving study support is being a working member. It is therefore more beneficial for you to remain in this membership category. Unionen Student is mainly intended for completely new Unionen members. 

8. What if I am unemployed and want to start studying?

If you would like to study part-time and still receive unemployment benefit, you must apply to Unionen’s unemployment insurance fund (a-kassa). So as not to risk losing your unemployment benefit, we advise you not to start studying until you have a decision from our unemployment insurance fund. For more information, see Unionen's unemployment insurance fund  

9. What if I am a Self-employed Member and want to apply for Unionen’s study support?

If you are a member of Unionen Self-employed, you can receive compensation both for course costs that you have paid for privately and for those which are paid for by your own business. However, we cannot reimburse course costs paid by your own company if this is an entity other than a private business (sole proprietorship). 

10. How do I apply for study support?

Once you have paid your course costs, started the course and have all the documentation, you send us your application by post. The address is shown at the bottom of the application form. If you need to send in any supplementary information, we will e-mail you when processing your application.

For applications arriving 1 January 2017 or later, we will need to receive your supplementary information within a year of the date of arrival of your application. Supplementary information for applications we have received on 31 December 2016 and earlier needs to be received by us by 31 December 2017 at the latest.

In order to keep the processing time to a minimum, we ask you to apply for each term separately. If you are applying for the reimbursement of more than one course run by different schools/course providers, please complete one application form for each of the schools/course providers. Make sure to include all the documents and certificates required with your application. Receipts/invoices must be dated while your membership as a working member of Unionen is still valid and you fulfil the criterion of six months of membership.

You must be registered as a working member when we receive and start processing your application.

Please note that Unionen Study Foundation reserves the right to ask for the repayment of any incorrect payouts.

Please send your application form and accompanying documents to:
Unionens Studiestöd
105 32 Stockholm

11. What documentation do I need to send in?

  1. Download the application form here 
    Please include the following with your application form:
  2. 2.1 Certificate from the school/course provider – specifying your name, social security number, what course you have enrolled on and for how long.
    2.2 If you take a distance or online course, we need a certificate/documentation from the course provider (course description or course certificate) stating how you have the opportunity for interaction/dialogue/personal contact and supervision by a teacher while the course is in progress. This may, for example, be via Skype, e-mail, Facebook, phone, chat, video conferencing or by submitting assignments on which the course leader provides feedback. 
  3. Regarding driving lessons, we will need a certificate from the driving school plus a transcript from the student ledger/documentation from the driving school/course provider stating the date and the cost of instructor-led theory and driving lessons, Risk 1 and Risk 2 (skid pan) training in addition to the original receipts or invoice and proof of payment.
  4. Materials list – if you are studying a practical subject. The materials list must be issued by the course provider. The course provider must verify any additions or amendments that you make to the list or any own list that you make.
  5. Literature list – if you are studying a theoretical subject. The literature list must be issued by the course provider. The course provider must verify any additions or amendments that you make to the list or any own list that you make. If you are writing a thesis and have chosen the literature yourself, the literature list must be verified by your academic supervisor.
  6. Original receipts for the purchase of literature/materials. NB Receipts and invoices relating to course literature/materials should be dated in close connection to the course period. We accept receipts for the purchase of course literature as follows:
    – Spring term (weeks 1–24): purchases made from 1 December
    – Summer term (weeks 25–32): purchases made from 1 May
    – Autumn term (weeks 33–52): purchases made from 1 July
    When paying online using a debit or credit card, include the delivery note showing the price paid and a proof of payment from your bank with your application.
    When paying against an invoice, include a copy of the original or e-mailed invoice with your application together with a proof of payment, such as an online bank statement showing the recipient’s and account holder’s names, together with a receipt or copy of the payment order.
    Tip: When purchasing books online, the delivery note or invoice is usually attached to the package itself.
    Because we reimburse you as an individual member and not as an employer or company, the invoice must be issued to you and paid by you in a private capacity.
    If you are a member of Unionen Self-employed, you can have both course costs that you have paid for privately and which are paid for by your own business reimbursed. However, we cannot reimburse course costs paid by your own company if this is an entity other than a private business (sole proprietorship).
  7. Second-hand books Option 1. When buying second-hand books, please include a handwritten receipt in original with the following information:
    – Purchase date and the buyer’s name
    – Seller’s signature, name in block capitals and telephone number
    – Book title, price and method of payment
    Option 2. When buying second-hand books from the online store ‘Blocket’, please include the following: A handwritten receipt in original (as above) or e-mail correspondence with details of the seller, book title and price, together with an online bank statement showing that you have paid for the books.
  8. Membership certificate from another trade union that you would like or should be taken into account together with your application.

We recommend that you make copies of all relevant documentation before submitting your application to us.

12. Have you received my application?

Log in and click on ‘My details’ (Mina uppgifter) and ‘My study support’ (Mitt studiestöd). Here, you can see if your application is registered as received, your current application status, how much study support you have received so far and how much more you can still apply for. When logging in, use the e-mail address that you have previously submitted to Unionen.

13. When can I expect to hear back from you?

In order to speed up the application process, it is important that you carefully read and follow the instructions under ‘How do I apply for study support?’. Make sure that you submit all the documents required together with your completed application form so that you do not have to submit any additional information, as this would only prolong the process.

Processing an application usually takes around five weeks (from receipt of application until payment of study support). Please note, however, that during the period of December – February, the processing of applications may take anything between five to eight weeks. The processing time is dependent on the number of applications received and how many of those applications need supplementary information.

Log in and click on ‘My details’ (Mina uppgifter) followed by ‘My study support’ (Mitt studiestöd) to see your current application status. When logging in, use the e-mail address that you have previously submitted to Unionen.

14. Is there something you would like to ask us?

Send your question or call us on 0771-27 28 10 during our normal telephone hours: 9 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Please note that the information and advice we give you is primarily in Swedish. We are normally able to give you exactly the same information and advice in English but this does depend on what staff is available on the day. Unfortunately, we cannot promise the availability of any other languages but please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

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