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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 pay application fees and tuition fees in Sweden. There are, however, exceptions to this rule. A common denominator among these exceptions is that the student must have a residence permit based on grounds other than studies in Sweden.

For information about application fees and tuition fees, visit

You can also refer students to the Lund University student information on Tuition fees

Applications will not be processed if the applicant has not paid their application fee on time or shown correct documentation for exemption from paying the application fee. Students who have not paid the tuition fee on time can not be registered and are not allowed to participate in the course or programme. 

Conditioned admission on paid tuition fees

Tuition fee students are considered to be fully admitted to Lund University only once the tuition fee has been paid. The deadline for newly admitted international students to pay the tuition fee is 20 May for studies starting in the Autumn and 30 November for studies starting in the Spring.

The Swedish Migration Agency will only issue residence permits for studies to those who have been fully admitted. This means that a student  must be admitted to a course or programme and have paid their tuition fee before the Migration Agency will consider them for a residence permit for studies. Students are advised to pay their tuition fees as soon as possible and not later than 15 June. The Migration Agency cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient time to make a decision on a residence permit for 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 (urval) in the international admission rounds.

Students who are admitted from the waiting list need to request an invoice from the Finance division at tuitionfees [at] eken [dot] lu [dot] se. Students who are admitted in the Swedish admission round also need to request an invoice by sending an email to the Finance division requesting an invoice. Students with ongoing studies will receive their invoices at the same time as newly admitted students (in May and November). Once payment has been made, it will be registered in Ladok.

The payment deadline for newly admitted students is 20 May for studies starting in the Autumn and 30 November for studies starting during the Spring.

New citizenship or residence permit, and changed tuition fee status

The tuition fee status is decided at the time for admission in the admissions system. Usually it is not changed during the time of studies, however some students do change their status during their studies at Lund University.  

Students who change their tuition fee status from being liable to pay fees to being exempt from paying fees during their studies will be exempted from paying fees from the date the exemption is valid, starting with the next course their register at.

If a student's residence permit granted on a basis other than studies has expired and the student is waiting for a new decision from the Swedish Migration Agency, they may continue to be exempted from paying fees during the Swedish Migration Agency’s processing period on condition that

  1. They applied for a renewal of their residence permit on the previous residence permit grounds
  2. The application was submitted before the previous residence permit period expired.

The applicant must contact lant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se for information on how they can show exemption from payment of tuition fees. 

Through the Vice-chancellor’s decision reg. no STYR 2020/2305, dated 18 December 2020, all students that were admitted as exempted from paying tuition fees for a course or programme at Lund University after 31 July 2011 may complete their course or programme without paying tuition fees. This exemption from paying tuition fees also applies if they should change tuition fee status and lose their exemption from paying tuition fees before the studies are completed. If a student has been admitted as a student exempted from paying tuition fees due to a residence permit granted on a basis other than studies and this residence permit has expired during 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 be given a special exemption from paying in Ladok due to the Vice-chancellor's decision STYR 2020/230. The department or student must contact Admissions at lant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se for further assistance.

Please note that exemptions due to the vice-chancellor’s decision only apply to the students that were admitted as exempted from tuition fees in NyA and only cover the credits for this specific admission. Hence, we 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 in Sweden. 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 dated 18 December 2020. 


Students who have British citizenship are required to pay tuition fees after the end of the transitional period on 1 January 2021. British citizens may be exempted from tuition fees in three circumstances:

  1. If they have a residence permit granted on a basis other than studies.
  2. If they have a special residence permit for British citizens who have been resident in Sweden before 31 December 2020, and continue to live in Sweden after 31 December 2020. They can apply for this special residence permit until 31 December 2021. Once they have applied, they receive a certificate that grants them the same rights as an EU citizen during the time the Swedish Migration Agency is processing their application. They must contact the Admission office at lant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se, for assistance with payment exemption during Migration Agency's processing of their application for residence permit. When the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision on the residence permit, the student must contact the Admission office fort their tuition fee status to be updated.
  3. If they were admitted as exempted 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/programme/course to which the admission applies.  

It is important to inform ongoing students that in case they are granted either a residence permit on a ground other than studies or a citizenship that exempts them from paying tuition fees, they must immediately send  a copy of the residence permit decision or their passport by email to lant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se

Please refer students to the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) for questions and answers about tuition fee status

Suspension due to unpaid tuition fees

Continuing students must pay the full semester tuition fee per semester to which they have been admitted. This means that if they are admitted to full time studies, they have to pay for full time studies even if they de facto should study less.

Students who have not paid their tuition fee 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. Also other special reasons can apply.

The student must contact the Finance division at tuitionfees [at] eken [dot] lu [dot] se well in advance of the deadline to request the application form for extension of tuition fee payment. The Board of Admission will make the decision. Students with US student finance are not required to apply for an extension.

Refund requests

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.

Please refer students to the information on refunds at


Questions about admission, tuition fee status and regulations: 
Admissions Office
instlant [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se

Questions about invoices, refund requests, or payment extensions:
Finance Division
tuitionfees [at] eken [dot] lu [dot] se

Questions about international recruitment, payments, forecasts:
Richard Stenelo
International manager
+46 46 222 14 66
richard [dot] stenelo [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se