Tuition fee-paying students
Which students are required to pay tuition fees? How is this administered at the University? Here you can learn more about the rules and procedures that apply for tuition fee-paying students.
Obligation to pay application fees and tuition fees
According to Swedish law, a person who is not a citizen of Sweden, another EEA member country, or Switzerland, is subject to application fees and tuition fees in Sweden. There are, however, a large number of exceptions to this rule. A common denominator among these exceptions is that the student must have a residence permit on grounds other than studies in Sweden.
Applications will not be processed if the applicant has not paid their application fee on time or corroborated their exemption from paying the application fee. Students who have not paid the tuition fee for the semester in question can neither be registered nor participate in the course or programme.
Conditioned admission on paid tuition fees
Those who have an obligation to pay tuition fees will only be admitted once the fee has been paid. The deadline for newly admitted international students to pay tuition fees is 20 May for studies starting in the autumn and 30 November for studies starting in the spring.
The Swedish Migration Board will only issue residence permits for studies to those who have been completely admitted, i.e. who have paid their tuition fees. The board does not guarantee there will be sufficient time to make a decision on a residence permit in cases where the tuition fee is paid after 15 June.
The Finance division issues invoices for students who are required to pay tuition fees and are admitted to a programme or a course. The invoices are automatically generated after the selection in the international admission rounds.
Students who are admitted from the waiting list needs to request for an invoice from the Finance division. Students who are admitted in the Swedish admission round also needs to request an invoice themselves. Continuing students will receive their invoices at the same time as students admitted during the international rounds of admission (in May and November). Once payment has been made, it will be registered in Ladok.
The deadline for newly admitted students is May the 20th for studies starting in the autumn and November the 30th for studies starting during the spring.
New citizenship or residence permit, and changed tuition fee status
The tuition fee status is determined during admission through the NyA admissions system and although it is not usually changed during the period of studies, some students do change their status during this time.
Students who have changed their tuition fee status from being liable to pay fees to being exempt from paying fees during the course or programme are exempt from paying fees, provided that a residence permit granted on a basis other than studies applies. If this residence permit has expired and the student is awaiting a new decision from the Swedish Migration Agency, they may continue to be exempt from paying fees during the Swedish Migration Agency’s processing period on condition that they
- applied for a renewal of their residence permit on the previous grounds
- the application was submitted before the old residence permit expired.
The applicant must contact lant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se for information about how this can be corroborated.
Through the vice-chancellor’s decision reg. no STYR 2020/2305, dated 18 December 2020, all students admitted as exempt from tuition fees for a course or programme at Lund University after 31 July 2011 may complete their course or programme without paying tuition fees. The exemption from tuition fees also applies if they should change tuition fee status and lose their exemption from fees before the studies are completed. If a student has been admitted as a student exempted from tuition fees due to a residence permit granted on a basis other than studies and this has expired in the middle of the study period, the student will be listed as liable to pay tuition fees in Ladok for courses that start after the permit expires. These students must therefore be given a special exemption from paying in Ladok due to their admission as a student exempt from tuition fees. In this case, the department or applicant must contact Admissions at lant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se for the matter to be processed.
Please note that exemptions due to the vice-chancellor’s decision only apply to those students who are admitted as exempt from tuition fees in NyA and only cover the credits to which the admission applies. We therefore always recommend that the student applies for an extension of their residence permit on a basis other than studies, as this provides a general exemption from tuition fees. Refunds will not be granted for students who paid for parts of their course or programme due to having changed their tuition fee status during the period of studies, before the date of the vice-chancellor’s decision.
Students who have British citizenship are required to pay tuition fees after 1 January 2021. They may be exempted from tuition fees in three ways:
- Through a residence permit granted on a basis other than studies.
- Through a special residence permit for British citizens who have been resident in Sweden before 31 December 2020, and continue to live in Sweden after the turn of the year 2020-2021. They can apply for this special residence permit up to and including September 2021. Once they have applied, they receive a certificate that gives them the same rights as an EU citizen during the Swedish Migration Agency’s processing period. They must contact Admissions at lant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se, where we can arrange the payment exemption during the processing period. When the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision on the residence permit, the student must contact Admissions so that their tuition fee status can be updated.
- If they were admitted as exempt from tuition fees. In this case, according to the vice-chancellor’s decision reg. no STYR 2020/2305, they may complete the studies without paying tuition fees. Please note that this exemption from tuition fees only covers the credits to which the admission applies.
It is important to inform continuing students that should they be granted either a residence permit on a basis other than studies or citizenship that exempts them from tuition fees, they must immediately submit a copy of their passport or residence permit decision to lant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
Suspension due to unpaid tuition fees
Continuing students must pay the full tuition fee according to the rate of study to which they have been admitted.
Students who participate in courses/programmes without having paid their tuition fees will be suspended from the University until the fees have been paid in full. A suspension decision means that the student is not allowed to participate in class, exams, or other activities related to the course/programme at the University.
In specific cases, the University may also decide not to issue degree certificates and course certificates until fees have been paid in full. The chair of the University admissions board decides on suspensions, on the basis of documentation from the Admissions Office.
Extension of tuition fee payments
A tuition fee-paying student can get an extension of the payment deadline if there are special grounds preventing the student to pay on time. A valid reason can be that the student is waiting for a scholarship decision or waiting for the scholarship to be disbursed.
The student must contact the Finance division at tuitionfees [at] eken [dot] lu [dot] se or the Admission office at lant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se well in advance of the deadline to request the application form. The Board of Admission will make the decision. Students with US student finance are not required to apply for an extension.
To request an application form, contact the Finance division at tuitionfees [at] eken [dot] lu [dot] se and submit the form using the same email address. The decision will be made by the University admissions board or the Admissions Office by delegation.
For a full refund, the application must be submitted before the start of the semester. Any later, and the refunded amount is reduced. Exceptions may occur, under special circumstances.
Questions about admission, tuition fee status and regulations:
instlant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
Questions about invoices, refund requests, or payment extensions:
tuitionfees [at] eken [dot] lu [dot] se
Questions about international recruitment, payments, forecasts:
+46 46 222 14 66
richard [dot] stenelo [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se