The process of studying in Sweden is becoming more expensive and unaffordable
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Despite the fact that the Swedish students get funding from their
government funding body, CSN, that process of funding is becoming
unaffordable for the students.
Since students are not allowed to work during school hours when they
receive this loans and the exorbitant growing cost of living in Sweden
today as well as the extremely uncertain jobs market, studying today in
Sweden has been accounted as a loss of activity.
Over Skr700 extra is needed each month for students to meet their
expenses and the situation has worsened, according to estimates.
Swedish National Union of Students (SFS) has for years put together the
budget for the country's students to see how study was valuable in
relation to the cost of living. The result from this year accounting
shows that students that stay in school end up with a deficit of Skr740
a month - more than double that of last year. A student who takes a
maximum student loan and grants may now receive Skr8920 per month.
“The cost of living has increased over the past year and the student
loans and grants have not got up with the rate of increase. It's an
absurd situation that results in the growth of students' insecurity is
increasing and they are forced to find other solutions to make ends
meet, like borrowing money from their parents or a part time job while
studying,” says Sabine Pettersson, who is vice chairperson of the SFS.
The deficit for the students would not just affect the individual but
also threatens Sweden as a knowledge nation, argues SFS, which requires
the government to raise the student loans and grants.
The fear is that if it becomes too great a hassle to study in Sweden,
only the rich would be able to make it to the university, thus
challenging Swedish egalitarian aspirations. Also Sweden will become a
country where young people will aspire to become low grade workers as
such it internationally recognized leadership in competitiveness and
innovation will die away. It is hopped that this is not where Sweden
would want to be in the future.
By Scancomark.se Team
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