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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 loan – for students at higher educations who are in paid internships in March, April, May, June, July and/or August 2020
  • Extented periode with completion loan – for students in higher education and private education who have used all completion loan or SU and are not yet entitled to ordinary completion loan

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 June 30

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 in July and/or August 2020, 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 in July and August 2020.

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

If you are employed in an industry 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 in July and August 2020 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.

Especially for students in higher edcations

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 COVID-19 mesures are not the reason why these students are declared study-inactive.

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.

Are you prevented from catching up on your delay because one of your already planned exams is postponed due to COVID-19?

If you are prevented from catching up on your delay of more than 30 ECTS in your education, because one of your already planned exams is postponed due to COVID-19 initiatives, you can contact the SU office at your place of education and make them aware of this, If your place of education could neither conduct your exam as planned nor offer you an alternative exam form (such as a dissertation or online exam).

You can contact your place of education if the following conditions are met:

  • Your exam was initially scheduled for the spring semester 2020 (up to and including June 30, 2020) but has been postponed due to COVID-19 initiatives. This applies to postponed exams as part of the spring semester 2020 and postponed reexaminations from the fall semester 2019 e.g.
  • You would have catched up on your delay in the case of an passed exam, which would mean that you would have been delayed with no more than 6 months (30 ECTS) in your education.

If you meet both of these conditions and contact your place of education, as a rule you study inactivity will be assessed, when you have had the possibility of taking the exam.

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 additional loans - Updated June 26, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the Danish parliament has passed an amendment to the SU-law, which gives 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 has been decided that the possibility for extra loan has been extended to apply also for May and June 2020. On 15 June 2020 it has been decided that the possibility for extra loan has been extended to apply also for July and August 2020.

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 March, April, May, June, July and August 2020.

  • 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 March, April, May, June, July and August 2020.
    If you have already applied for an SU loan for March, April, May and June, you have earlier on 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.

    If you have applied for SU loans for July and August, you can login minSU from Friday, June 26 and fill out and approve your loan plan. If you do this no later than Monday, June 29 at 17pm, we expect you to have the extra loan for July at your NemKonto on Thursday, July 2nd. The extra loan for August will be paid out at the end of July along with your SU and your regular SU loan. You will also receive a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks.

    If you have already applied for an SU completion loan for March, April, May and June, you have earlier on received a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks, and you can approve your loan plan in minSU for these months.

    If you have applied for a SU completion loan for July and August, you can login minSU from Friday, June 26 and fill out and approve your loan plan. If you do this no later than Monday, June 29 at 17:00 pm, we expect you to have the extra final loan for July on your NemKonto on Thursday, July 2nd. The extra SU completion loan for August will be paid out at the end of July along with your regular SU completion loan. You will also receive a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks.

  • You have not applied for a regular SU loan/SU completion loan for March, April, May, June, July or August 2020: You should apply for a loan according to the regular conditions.

    IMPORTANT: If you want a completion loan for June 2020, the deadline is June 30, 2020. If you want a completion loan for July 2020, the deadline is July 31, 2020. If you want a completion loan for August 2020, the deadline is August 31, 2020. A completion loan cannot be applied for retroactively. Read about applying for an SU completion loan.

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

The possibility for the extra loan also applies to students enrolled in a full-time degree program of higher education, who are in paid internships in the months of March, April, May, June, July and August 2020.

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 for March (by March 31st 2020) and April (by April 1st, 2020) 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 June 17, 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 for March, April, May, June, July and August 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 14,629 per month for March, April, May, June, july and August 2020.

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

You need to be a recipient of SU  for March, April, May, June, July and August to qualify for an SU loan for those four 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, April, May, June, July and August, 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

If you have applied for SU loans for July and August, you can login minSU from Friday, June 26 and fill out and approve your loan plan. If you do this no later than Monday, June 29 at 17pm, we expect you to have the extra loan for July at your NemKonto on Thursday, July 2nd. The extra loan for August will be paid out at the end of July along with your SU and your regular SU loan. You will also receive a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks.

If you earlier on have applied for an SU loan for March, April, May and June, you have received a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks and you can also login minSU and fill out and approve your loan plan, where the extra SU loan can be seen.

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? Updated June 26, 2020

If you want a completion loan for June 2020, the deadline is June 30, 2020. If you want a completion loan for July 2020, the deadline is July 31, 2020. If you want a completion loan for August 2020, the deadline is August 31, 2020. A completion loan cannot be applied for retroactively.

Please note: If you complete your education in March, April, May, June, July or August 2020, you must approve your loan plan as soon as you receive the message in your e-Boks, if you want the loan to be paid out.

Approve your SU completion loan

If you have applied for a SU completion loan for July and August, you can login minSU from Friday, June 26 and fill out and approve your loan plan. If you do this no later than Monday, June 29 at 17:00 pm, we expect you to have the extra final loan for July on your NemKonto on Thursday, July 2nd. The extra SU completion loan for August will be paid out at the end of July along with your regular SU completion loan. You will also receive a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks.

If you erlaier on have applied for an SU completion loan for March, April, May and June, you have received a notification of your state educational grant (støttemeddelelse) in your e-Boks and you can also login minSU and fill out and approve your loan plan. 

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, if currently I am in a paid internship? Updatet June 17, 2020

On March 31, 2020 and 22 April 2020 respectively the Danish Parliament has decided that students in paid internships in March, April, May and June 2020 as part of their higher education (e.g. pedagogue students and others who have to have an internship during their education) will be included by the possibility to take out an extra SU loan or completion loan. On 15 June 2020 it has been decided that the periods has been extended to July and August 2020 also.

You can take out the extra loan, when your paid internship is completed and you receive SU once again. 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.

When is the latest date of application for applying for an SU loan for March, April, May, June, july and August 2020? Updated June 17, 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, April, May, June, july and August 2020. See also the answer for “When is the latest date of application for applying for an SU completion loan for March, April, May, June, July and August 2020?”.

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

When is the latest date of application for applying for an SU completion loan for March, April, May, June, july and August 2020? Updated June 17, 2020

If you want a completion loan for June 2020, the deadline is June 30, 2020. If you want a completion loan for July 2020, the deadline is July 31, 2020. If you want a completion loan for August 2020, the deadline is August 31, 2020. The SU completion loan cannot be applied for retroactively.

Automatically you will be granted the additional SU completion loan if you have already been given the ordinary loan in March and April. In this case you only need to approve a new loan to have it paid out.

 

COVID-19 and tax free one time grant - latest update June 16, 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 therefore also paid to students, who received SU grant in April 2020. The initiative is expected to involve urgent legislation in August with a pay out in October 2020 at the latest. There will be more information about the one time grant here on su.dk with reference to the public authority that will be responsible for the payment of the one time grant.

Who can get the one time grant and should I apply for it?

You must have received SU grant in April 2020 to be entitled to the one time grant. We will update with more information about the one time grant and the public authority that will be responsible for the payment of the one time grant.

 

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).