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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. The page was last updated on 24.03.2020.

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.

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.

How should I relate to the requirements concerning study activity and delay?

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

Especially for students in higher edcations

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.

The semi-annual study control for students in higher ecducation will be conducted as usual from the end of March. 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.

Students who are estimated to be more than 6 months delayed in their education, have been delayed prior to the COVID-19 measures. Therefore these students can not be declared study-inactive because of COVID-19 measures.

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 no more educational grant portions (SU-klip) left. I have therefore financed my studies through student jobs. Now my student job has been shut down because of COVID-19. Will it be possible to obtain another financial support?

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).

Please, look into the home page of your Union for questions concerning your rights as a student employee In relation to the COVID-19.

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

This is an extraordinary situation, and we will take that into account in our ongoing assessment of your status as worker under EU law. 

As a rule, you can maintain your status as a worker during the period where official recommendations from Danish authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19 can implicate that you cannot work. We currently consider this period to be from mid-March 2020 to mid-April  2020.

Therefore, if you cannot work for a limited period of around 2-5 weeks, you do not have to do anything concerning your status as a worker under EU law. As a rule, after this period, we expect you to continue your work.

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 re-duction of working hours because of the recommendations from Danish authori-ties in connection with COVID-19. This is also the case if your contract is termi-nated 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.

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.

Before I as a medical student meet as part of the emergency preparedness, is a ceiling still imposed on the "fribeløb" (the amount of money you are allowed to earn besides your SU), that I have to make a decision on?

We are aware of the question. For the time being the ordinary limits for the "fribeløb" (the maximum amount of money you are allowed to earn besides your SU) are still in force. Find more information about fribeløb.

COVID-19 and the possibility for additional loans

A political decision was made that students can apply for an extra loan for March and April 2020 in connection with the COVID-19 situation. In order to get the extra loan, you must have applied for a regular SU loan/SU completion loan for March and April 2020 in minSU.

  • You have already applied for a regular SU loan/SU completion loan: You should not apply for the the extra loan, if you have already applied for an SU loan/SU completion loan for March and April. When you automatically receive a new notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) with the extra loan in your e-Boks, you must approve your new loan plan in minSU.
  • You have not applied for a regular SU loan/SU completion loan for March and April 2020: You should apply for a loan according to the regular conditions.
    IMPORTANT: If you want a completion loan for March 2020 you must apply by 31 March 2020 at the latest. For April, the deadline is 30 April 2020. A completion loan cannot be applied for retroactively. Read about applying for an SU completion loan (in danish).

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

Wich 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

In order to get the extra loan, you must have applied for a regular SU loan/SU completion loan for March and April 2020 in minSU.

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.

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

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 – for March and April 2020.

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 14,602 per month – for March and April 2020.

How do I apply for the extra SU loan in connection with COVID-19?

You need to be a recipient of SU for March and April to qualify for an SU loan for those two 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. If you have already applied for an SU loan for March and April, 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

Remember, that when you receive a loan notification of the increased SU loan, you must approve your loan plan of the entire increased loan, or part of it, via minSU in order to have it paid out. Read more about approving your SU loan (in danich).

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.

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?

If you want a completion loan for March 2020 you must apply by 31 March 2020 at the latest. For April, the deadline is 30 April 2020. A completion loan cannot be applied for retroactively.

Please note: If you complete your education in March or April, you must approve your loan plan as soon as you receive the message in your e-Boks.

If you have already applied for a SU completion loan for March and April 2020, or are already receiving a SU completion loan for these months, you should not apply again as you automatically will be allocated the increased possibility for loan.  However, you must approve a new loan plan in order to have the loan payed out – when you have received  a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelse) with the changed grant.

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?

When is the latest date of application for applying for an SU loan for March and April 2020?

You should apply in 2020 (no later than December 5, 2020, however), while enrolled on an education programme that qualifies you to receive SU. You should also have received SU in March and April 2020. See also the answer for “When is the latest date of application for applying for an SU completion loan for March and April 2020?”.

You will automatically receive the increased loan amount if you already were allocated a loan in the form of study loans in March and April or any supplementary study loans for parents. In this case, you only need to approve a new loan plan to have the loan paid out, once you have received a notification of the changed allocation.

When is the latest date of application for applying for an SU completion loan for March and April 2020?

If you want to apply for an SU completion loan for March 2020, you need to apply by 31 March 2020 at the latest. For April, the application deadline is 30 April 2020. The SU completion loan cannot be applied for retroactively.

You will automatically receive the increased loan amount if you were already allocated a completion loan for March and April. In this case, you only need to approve a new loan plan to have the loan paid out, once you you have received a notification of the changed allocation. 

Information on ufm.dk

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