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Here you can find answers to quesions about SU related to COVID-19

We will regularly update this page with general questions and answers.

If you do not find answers below, see who you can contact with your question under "Særligt for udenlandske studerende/foreign citizens" on this page.

The 5 initiatives regarding SU

  • Extra SU loan – for students receiving SU
  • Extra completion loan – for students who are at the end of their higher education
  • Increased allowed amount of earnings (fribeløb) – for students who participate in the COVID-19 alert
  • Extra SU loanIcompletion loan – for students at higher educations who are in paid internships in the whole or parts of the periods from March to August 2020 and from November 2020 to January 2021
  • Extented periode with completion loan – for students in higher education and private education who have used all completion loan or have used all SU clips to the education and are not yet entitled to ordinary completion loan

Update November 26, 2020

From 1 December 2020, you can approve your loan plan for 2021, including the extra SU loan / completion loan for January 2021 in minSU. You must remember to approve your new loan plan for 2021 to get the loan for 2021 paid out. You can read about deadlines, etc. further down this page under the heading "COVID-19 and the possibility of extra loans".

Update November 13, 2020

On Octobe 27, 2020 a political agreement was reached to resume the possibility for extra loans for students for the period November 2020 to January 2021. We are therefore in the proces of providing the necessary regulatory basis as well as to program and test our IT system.

You can now approve your loan plan for November and December 2020. You can read about deadlines etc. further down this page under the heading "COVID-19 and the possibility of extra loans".

Will students receive SU (The Danish students' Grants and Loans Scheme) when they are not participating in their study activities at the educational institutions?

Yes. SU is paid out to students in advance and on a monthly basis. Students are required to continue their studies while studying at home in so far as it is possible. However, SU payments which have to be handled manually are at the risk of being delayed. If you as a student are in doubt about your situation, you should contact your educational institution.

What shall I do, if I am delayed in my higher education because of COVID-19?

We assume that you are studying actively at home to the extent, which is possible. The SU payment will therefore continue unchanged.

If you are delayed in your higher education studies because of the COVID-19 situation, you can apply for addition of educational grant portions (SU-klip) beyond the prescribed duration of the study period and thus obtain extension of the support period. However, it is always going to be a concrete decision for the individual applicant, due to the fact that you must be able to prove a causality between COVID-19 and your delay.

I  don’t have any more SU clips or completion loan left and so I have provided for my studies through my student job. My student job has been closed due to COVID-19. Which options do I have? - Updated May 15 

If you have run out of SU you may be entitled to a completion loan (slutlån) - find more information about completion loan here (in danish).

Check the webpage of your union for questions and answers about you rights as a student worker in regards to COVID-19.

The Danish Parliament has on 30rd April 2020 decided to provide an economical helping hand for students on higher and private educations that are approved for SU, who have received at least one month of SU during their current education (SU and completion loan), and who have used either all of their completion loan rates or their SU clips but have not yet obtained the right for completion loan in the period between March and June 2020. These students have the opportunity to take out up to 4 months of completion loan. The 4 months of completion loan can be paid regardless of however long time the student has left of his/her current education.

You can read more about how to apply for this completion loan on the page COVID-19 og SU (in danish).

I cannot work because of COVID-19. Can I keep my status as a worker under EU law? - Updated September 18

During the period March-June 2020 the official recommendations from Danish authorities may have resulted in a reduction of your working hours. We will take that into account in our ongoing assessment of your status as a worker under EU law. 

From July 2020, Denmark has reopened with the exception of a very few industries. Therefore, we expect you to resume your normal business activity from 1 July 2020.

You work in an industry that is still closed due to COVID-19

If you are employed in one of the few industries that continues to be closed, you must submit a statement of truth from your employer. The statement must include your employer’s signature, CVR number and the company’s stamp. In addition, the statement must state that COVID-19 is the reason why you cannot work 10–12 hours per week. We always conduct a specific assessment of the submitted statement.

You work in an industry that is still highly affected by COVID-19

If you are employed in one of the few industries that is not closed, but remains highly affected by the COVID-19 situation, you must submit a statement of truth from your employer. The statement must include your employer’s signature, CVR number and the company’s stamp. It must appear from the statement that your workplace cannot offer you your usual working hours due to COVID-19. The statement must also explain why there is a reduction in your working hours – e.g. fewer customers, reduced hours etc.

We always conduct a specific assessment of the submitted statement.

If you are on holiday or terminated from work

Please note that you must submit documentation if you take holiday, regardless of your employment and whether you are covered by the temporary relief packages. You must submit the documentation through Changes to your circumstances.

If your contract is terminated, you can follow the instructions under ’Involuntarily unemployed’ under Changes to your circumstances.
Please note that, as a rule, to maintain your status as a worker, it is a condition that you have status as a worker in the period leading up to your temporary reduction of working hours because of the recommendations from Danish authorities in connection with COVID-19. This is also the case if your contract is terminated and you become involuntarily unemployed. We always conduct a specific assessment of your case, but this means that we, as a starting point, expect that you as a minimum have worked 10–12 hours each week in a consecutive period of 10 weeks leading up to when you stop working.

Contact

If you have enquiries regarding your status as a worker under EU-law, and you did not find the answer online, you can inform us via Digital Post on borger.dk/from e-Boks.

Is there still a limit imposed on the "fribeløb" (the amount of money you are allowed to earn besides your SU), that I have to take into consideration when I participate in critical societal functions /with my work as a part of the emergency alert?

On March 31, 2020 the Danish Parliament has decided that students who participate in critical societal functions in relation to the COVID-19 alert will be able to apply for an increased allowed amount of earnings (fribeløb) for 2020. The possible increase corresponds to the salary earned during the alert work. As an example, this could be medical and nursing students for extra shifts (FADL-shifts) and social and healthcare students, who participate in the COVID-19 alert. By alert in regards to COVID-19, we mean other students with a health professional or pedagogical background, who are asked to step in as extra assistance in critical societal functions, and for whom this work is not part of the their regular work.

You don't have to do anything now, if you participate in critical societal functions in relation to the COVID-19 alert. During May you can read more about the increased allowed amount of earnings (fribeløb) here at su.dk, including how to apply and what documentation you must attach to your application.

You can read more about how to apply for an increased allowed amount of earnings (fribeløb) for 2020 on the page COVID-19 og SU (in danish) undder "Forhøjet fribeløb".

 

Study activity and SU

How should I relate to the requirements concerning study activity?

We assume that you are studying actively at home to the extent, which is possible. The SU payment will therefore continue unchanged.

Students in higher edcations

The semi-annual study control for students in higher ecducation will be conducted as usual from the end of September 2020. If you have started your education on July 1st 2016 or later, we will check whether you are more than 6 months delayed in your education (corresponding to 30 ECTS). If you are more than 6 months delayed, you will receive a letter from the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants regarding your study activity.

I have received a letter about my study activity. What should I do?

If you have begun your education on July 1 2016 or later, you are allowed to be delayed with 6 months (corresponding 30 ECTS) during your education. We control your study activity by comparing the completed number of ECTS in your education with the number of used SU clips during your education. If you are more than 6 months delayed, you do not meet the conditions for study activity, and you will receive a letter from the Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants.

If you have received a letter from the Agency of Institutions and Educational Grants regarding your study activity, but believe the ruling to be incorrect or faulty, you should follow the instructions in the letter and contact the study administration or the SU office at your place of education.

I have been delayed in my higher education due to illness and have received a letter regarding my study activity. I wish to apply for extra SU clips but am not able to get a doctor’s appointment or only or can only do so in a long time. What should I do?

I you have been delayed during your higher education due to illness, you can apply for extra SU clips. In order to obtain extra SU clips it is a condition that there has been an actual delay during your education and that this delay can be measured in time. You can read more about extra SU clips here (in danish).

You can apply for extra SU clips in minSU, where you get access to a receipt page, which you have to submit to your place of education. You should attach medical documentation for your illness and you own statement on how the illness has delayed you in your education.

If, because of the COVID-19 initiatives, you are not able to get a doctor’s appointment for your general practitioner, hospital, psychiatrist or the like or will only be able to in a long time, we encourage you to send in your application to your place of education anyway. When you send in your application to your place of education, you should write that you are unable to get a doctor’s appointment for your general practitioner/hospital/psychiatrist, and you should to the extent possible attach documentation for the appointment you got or the fact that you are unable to get an appointment.

COVID-19 and the possibility for extra loans - Updated November 26, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the Danish parliament passed an amendment to the SU-law, which gave students following a youth education program and students enrolled in a full-time degree program of higher education the possibility to take out extra loans for March and April 2020 in connection with the COVID-19 situation. On 22 April 2020 it was decided that the possibility for extra loan was extended to apply for May and June 2020 as well.A political agreement was reached on 15 June 2020 that the possibility be extended to apply to July and August 2020 as well. A political agreement was reached on 27 October 2020 to resume the option, so that it also applies to the period from November 2020 to January 2021

In order to get the extra loan, you must have applied for a regular SU loan/SU completion loan for within the regular deadlines applicable to the periods from March to August 2020 and from November 2020 to January 2021.

Approve your loan plan in minSU

To get the extra loan paid off, you must approve your loan plan in minSU within the usual deadlines:

  • You have already applied for a regular SU loan/SU completion loan: You should not apply for the extra loan specifically, if you have already applied for an SU loan/SU completion loan for the period from March to August 2020 and for the period from November to December 2020.
    If you have already applied for an SU loan for the period from March to August 2020 and for November and December 2020, you have previously received a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks and you can login minSU and fill out and approve your loan plan. 

    From Friday 13 November 2020, you can log on to minSU and approve your loan plan with the extra loan for November and December 2020. Do you approve your loan plan no later than Monday 16 November 2020 at 17, we expect that you will have the extra loan for November 2020 disbursed on Thursday 19 November 2020. The extra loan for December 2020 will be disbursed on the last banking day in November 2020 together with your SU and ordinary SU loans or ordinary completion loans.

    Please note that you must specifically approve your SU loan plan to get the extra completion loan paid out. The SU loan plan is on the same page in minSU as your completion loan loan plan.

    Please note that the deadline for approving your loan plan for 2020 is 15 December 2020. You cannot approve your loan plan for 2020 after 15 December 2020. However, you must have approved the loan plan at the latest before completing your education.

    From 1 December 2020, you can approve your loan plan for 202 including the extra SU loan / completion loan for January 2021. You must remember to approve your new loan plan for 2021 to get the loan for 2021 paid out. If you want the extra loan for January 2021 paid out together with your SU or completion loan on the last banking day in December, you must have approved your loan plan by Thursday 17 December 2020 at 20:00.
  • You have not applied for a regular SU loan/SU completion loan:
    You should apply for a loan according to the regular conditions:

    If you want a SU loan, you must have applied for it in minSU no later than 5 December 2020 or before you finish your education. You must then have completed and approved your loan plan by 15 December 2020. You cannot approve your loan plan for 2020 after December 15, 2020.

    From 1 December 2020, you can apply for a SU loan for 2021 in minSU.

    IMPORTANT regarding completion loans: If you want a completion loan, you must apply for it before the end of the month for which you want a completion loan. If, for example, you want a completion loan for November 2020, you must have applied for it in minSU no later than 30 November 2020. You must then have approved your loan plan in minSU by 15 December 2020 at the latest. You cannot approve your loan plan for 2020 after 15 December 2020. However, you must have approved the loan plan at the latest before completing your education. 

    Final loans cannot be applied for retroactively.

    From 1 December 2020, you can apply for a completion loan for 2021 in minSU.
     
    Read about applying for an SU completion loan.

You must always approve a new loan plan in minSU in order to have the loan payed out.

The possibility of extra SU loans / completion loans also applies to students in higher education who are in paid internships in all or part of the periods from March to August 2020 and from November 2020 to January 2021. You must receive SU or completion loans in February 2021 at the latest after your internship period to be able to take out the extra loan.

Read more below.

Which students can borrow the extra SU loan or the extra SU completion loan?

Extra SU loan: In order to be entitled to the extra SU loan you need to be a recipient of SU – read more about the conditions for an SU loan

Extra SU completion loan (slutlån): In order to receive the extra completion loan you have to meet the requirements concerning study activity at a full-time degree programme of a higher education. Read more about the conditions for a SU completion loan.

In order to get the extra loan, you must have applied for a regular SU loan/SU completion loan within the deadlines. You apply in minSU.

How much extra can I borrow in an SU loan or an SU completion loan in connection with the COVID-19 situation? - Updated November 13, 2020

If you receive SU, you have the opportunity to apply for an SU loan up to DKK 6,388 per month, in addition to your SU grant and existing possibilities for SU loans. In total, you can receive DKK 9,582 per month as a regular SU loan. In January 2021, the extension is up to DKK 6,468 and for this month you can therefore receive a total of DKK 9,702 as a regular SU loan.

The extension of the SU loans is also valid for higher education students in receipt of an SU completion loan. The SU completion loan is therefore expanded from DKK 8,241 per month to DKK 14,629 per month in the period from March to August 2020 as well as in November and December 2020. In January 2021, the completion loan will be extended from DKK 8,344 to DKK 14,812.

How do I apply for the extra SU loan in connection with COVID-19? - Updated November 26, 2020

You need to be a recipient of SU in the periods from March to August 2020 and from November 2020 to January 2021 to qualify for an SU loan for those months. Read more about applying for an SU loan on minSU.

If you have not already applied for an SU loan, you should apply according to the regular conditions via minSU. However, you can apply for SU loan no later than 5 December 2020. If you have already applied for an SU loan in the periods from March to August 2020 and from November 2020 to January 2021, or have already received an SU loan for these months, you do not need to apply again, as you automatically be granted the increased loan amount.

Approve your SU loan in minSU

When you have applied for a loan in minSU,  you will receive a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks. You must login minSU and fill out and approve your loan plan before you get the loan paid off.

You can choose if you want to approve your loan plan now or later. As long as you are enrolled on an education programme that qualifies you for SU, you can fill out and approve your loan plan (låneplan) retroactively. However, you can approve your loan plan for 2020 no later than December 15, 2020. You cannot approve your loan plan for 2020 after December 15, 2020.

If you received a SU loan in 2020, you will automatically be granted a SU loan for 2021. You must remember to approve your new loan plan for 2021 in order to get a loan for 2021 paid out. From 1 December 2020, you can approve your loan plan for 2021 including the extra SU loan for January 2021. If you want to have your loan for January 2021 paid out together with your SU on the last banking day in December 2020, you must have approved the loan plan no later than Thursday 17 December 2020 at 20:00.

Read more about the conditions for an SU loan.

If you are in doubt about whether you want part or all of the extra loan paid out, we recommend that you first apply for the loan but wait to approve your loan plan.

How can I apply for an extra SU completion loan in connection with the COVID-19 situation? - Updated November 26, 2020

You must have applied for a SU completion loan within the usual deadlines to get a loan. An SU completion loan cannot be applied for retroactively. If, for example, you want a completion loan for November 2020, you must have applied for it in minSU no later than 30 November 2020.

From 1 December 2020, you can apply for a final loan for 2021 in minSU.

 

Approve payment of your SU completion loan - you must use the SU loan plan 

If you have applied for a completion loan, you must approve your loan plan for 2020 in minSU no later than 15 December 2020. You cannot approve your loan plan for 2020 after December 15, 2020. However, you must have approved the loan plan at the latest before completing your education.

Please note that you must specifically approve your SU loan plan to get the extra completion loan paid out. The SU loan plan is on the same page in minSU as your loan plan for the completion loan ('Ret din SU' > 'Godkend låneplan').

If you have received a completion loan in 2020, you will automatically be granted a completion loan for 2021. You must remember to approve your new loan plan for 2021 in order to get a loan for 2021 paid out. From 1 December 2020, you can approve your loan plan for 2021 including the extra completion loan for January 2021. If you want to have paid out your completion loan and extra completion loan for January 2021 on the last banking day in December 2020, you must have approved both the loan plan for the final loan and the SU loan plan on Thursday 17 December 2020 at 20:00. 

Can I pay back my extra SU loan or SU completion loan immediately if I change my mind?

Yes, you can the loan back to Udbetaling Danmark. You can find more details at borger.dk/student debt.

When will my extra SU loan / SU completion loan be paid out?

We will pay out your loan approximately a week after you have confirmed your loan plan (in danish).

Do I need to be fired from my student job in order to qualify for the extra SU loan / SU completion loan?

Will I be able to take out the extra SU loan/completion loan, if currently I am in a paid internship? - Updated November 13, 2020

Students who are in paid internships for all or part of the periods from March to August 2020 and from November 2020 to January 2021 as part of their higher education are covered by the option of taking out extra SU loans or completion loans. This applies, for example, to pedagogy students and others who are in paid internships in their education.

You can take out the extra loan when your paid internship period has ended and you receive a SU or completion loan again. If you have already applied for a SU loan / completion loan, you will automatically be granted the extra loan in the first month with SU after your internship period. You will be able to see this in your notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse). You must approve your loan plan in minSU to get the extra loan paid out. You must approve your loan plan for 2020 in minSU no later than 15 December 2020. You can not approve your loan plan for 2020 after 15 December 2020. See also further up on this page for information on when you must approve your loan plan at the latest.

Please note that when your internship period is over, you must receive a SU or completion loan in February 2021 at the latest in order to be able to take out the extra loan. If you return from your internship period and start receiving SU or completion loan in March 2021 or later, you will not be eligible for the option to take out the extra loan.

In order to take out the extra SU loan you have to fulfill the regular conditions for SU loan in the months following the paid internship.

COVID-19 and tax free one time grant - latest update November 17, 2020

On June 15 the government and a vast majority in the Danish Parliament have come to the agreement that 1000 DKK is paid to people, who were partially or completely supported by public benefits in the month of April 2020. The one time grant is administered by ATP and is therefore given to students, who received SU or completion loan together with supplementary grant for physically or mentally disabled (handicaptillæg) or supplementary grant for providers (forsørgertillæg) in April 2020 among others.

Who can receive the one time grant?

You must have received the SU grant or completion loan together with supplementary grant for physically or mentally disabled (handicaptillæg) or supplementary grant for providers (forsørgertillæg) in April 2020 in order to be entitled to the one time grant. You can check minSU to see whether you received SU or completion loan together with supplementary grant for physically or mentally disabled (handicaptillæg) or supplementary grant for providers (forsørgertillæg) in April. If you have questions about the payment of SU or completion loan, you have to contact the SU counselor at your place of education.

When will I receive the one time grant?

As mentioned above, ATP administers the payment of the one time grant. If you received SU or completion loan in April 2020, ATP will automatically pay out the grant to you during October 2020. You don’t have to do anything.

The one time grant is payed out to your NemKonto.

Do I have to pay taxes from the one time grant?

You do not. The grant is tax free, and for this reason, you do not have to register the grant in the preliminary assessment of income. The grant does not count as part of your yearly amount of earnings in 2020, which is why it will have no influence on your SU.

 

Covid-19 and payment of early holiday assets - updated 2/9-2020

On 21 August 2020 the goverment passed the bill on early payment of holiday assets earned in the period from 1 September 2019 to 31 March 2020 (corresponding to up to 3 weeks' holiday). It has been agreed that the paid holiday assets shall not affect other maintenance benefits as well as not affect the right to public benefits. This also applies to SU recipients.

Does it affect my SU if I get paid my holiday assets?

No, it will not affect your SU if you choose to have your holiday assets paid out. The amount paid out will not count towards your increased allowed amount of earnings for 2020 (årsfribeløb) and therefore will have no effect on your SU.

My SU rate is dependent on my parents' income. Does it affect my SU if my parents get paid their holiday assets?

No, it will not affect your SU if your parents are paid their holiday assets - even if your SU rate is based on how much they earn.

SU and studies abroad

How should I relate to the requirements concerning study activity and delay when studying a higher education abroad?

Documentation for study activity

You must continue to send in/upload documentation for the semi-annual study control

If your educational institution has been closed down due to the COVID-19 situation or if you have gone home because of the COVID-19 and you therefore have no possibiliy to provide documentation for study activity, then you must fill out the form Certification of active participation in the studies according to the study schedule blanketten til studiedokumentation here, and solemnly sign that you are following the studies according to the schedule.

If it concerns a documentation for completion of your education, you must also in this case fill out the form Certification of active participation in the studies according to the study schedule blanketten til studiedokumentation, you will find it at su.dk and solemnly sign that you have completed your education. In this case we ask you to get your educational institution to sign the form stating that you have completed your education when the educational institution opens again.

If you are delayed in your higher education studies because of the COVID-19 situation, you can apply for addition of SU beyond the prescribed duration of the study period and thus obtain extension of the support period. However, it is always going to be a concrete decision for the individual applicant, due to the fact that you must be able to prove a causality between COVID-19 and your delay.

I have gone home to my parents, because my education abroad is closed. Does it affect my SU- rate?

If you have gone home because of COVID-19 and therefore have changed your address to your parents address, you will as a starting point recieve the lower SU rate for students living with their parents. Then you will receive a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks saying, that your SU rate has been changed to the lower rate for students living with their parents. If you think, that you are still entitled to the higher SU rate for students not living with their parents, you must as soon as possibel contact either the Foreign section (udlandsenheden) or your Danish educational institution. 

Information on ufm.dk

See questions and answers about organization of education on ufm.dk (Ministry of Higher Education and Science).