Tuition Fees: English Summary of the Swedish Government’s Investigation

If you take a look at the english summary on pages 13-16 of the Swedish Government’s 2006 investigation into fees you can get an overview of their possible thinking with regard to tuition fees. Remember that this report was prepared by the last government so it may not reflect the the thinking of the current one.

The key points are (and remember these are only suggestions, not law – we’ll have to wait until the Autumn to see what will definitely happen)

- Fees will be for under and post graduate education, but not for PhD students

- Fees will be fixed by each university, at a ‘limited’ number of levels

- Students who will be exempt from paying will include: citizens from EEA countries, people with Swedish residence permits, students in an exchange programme and citizens of countries that have entered into free movement agreements with the EU (e.g. Switzerland)

- The right should exist for universities to charge application fees

- Work permit rules should be amended so that it is easier to remain in Sweden, to work, after graduation

- Scholarship funding should be increased

The Government press release from last week.