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Sweden:Adult Education and Training Funding

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Sweden:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Sweden:Historical Development

Sweden:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Sweden:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Sweden:Political and Economic Situation

Sweden:Organisation and Governance

Sweden:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Sweden:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Sweden:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Sweden:Organisation of Private Education

Sweden:National Qualifications Framework

Sweden:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Sweden:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Sweden:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Sweden:Funding in Education

Sweden:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Sweden:Higher Education Funding

Sweden:Adult Education and Training Funding

Sweden:Early Childhood Education and Care

Sweden:Organisation of Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Sweden:Assessment in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Sweden:Organisation of the Pre-Primary Class

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in the Pre-Primary Class

Sweden:Assessment in the Pre-Primary Class

Sweden:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Sweden:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Sweden:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Sweden:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Sweden:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Sweden:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Organisation of Upper General and Vocational Secondary Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Upper General and Vocational Secondary Education

Sweden:Assessment in Upper General and Vocational Secondary Education

Sweden:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Higher Education

Sweden:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Sweden:First Cycle Programmes

Sweden:Bachelor

Sweden:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Sweden:Second Cycle Programmes

Sweden:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Sweden:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Sweden:Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Distribution of Responsibilities

Sweden:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Sweden:Main Providers

Sweden:Main Types of Provision

Sweden:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Sweden:Teachers and Education Staff

Sweden:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Sweden:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Sweden:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Sweden:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Management and Other Education Staff

Sweden:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Sweden:Management Staff for Higher Education

Sweden:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Sweden:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Quality Assurance

Sweden:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Sweden:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Educational Support and Guidance

Sweden:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Sweden:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Sweden:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Sweden:Mobility and Internationalisation

Sweden:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Mobility in Higher Education

Sweden:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Sweden:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Sweden:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Sweden:National Reforms in School Education

Sweden:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Sweden:National Reforms in Higher Education

Sweden:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Sweden:European Perspective

Sweden:Legislation

Sweden:Institutions

Sweden:Glossary

Funding

Local authorities Municipal tax revenues are the municipality's main source of income. Apart from the income taxes which finance the majority of municipal education the municipalities also receive a state grant which is not earmarked for a specific activity. The structural element of the grant is determined by several underlying factors such as the size of the population in the municipality, its age structure, population density, social structure and number of immigrants. In the decentralised Swedish system, each municipality determines how it allocates resources and organises its activities and uses the budget. The municipalities are obliged to provide their inhabitants with certain services, including adult education. The municipalities are obliged to provide municipal adult education although the actual provision can be assured by independent providers. Municipal adult education includes:

  • Municipal adult education at both compulsory and upper secondary school levels.
  • Special education for adults.
  • Swedish tuition for immigrants.

Regional authorities County councils (Landsting) may be the responsible authority for adult education. County councils or regions are responsible for 43 (of 151) folk high schools. County councils may also provide adult education at upper secondary level.

Non-formal adult education Study associations and folk high schools receive government grants, managed by the Swedish National Council of Adult Education (Folkbildningsrådet), a non-profit association with certain authoritative tasks delegated by the government and the parliament. The council submits budgetary documentation and annual reports to the government and follows up and evaluates adult education activities. There are currently ten study associations to which the Swedish National Council of Adult Education (Folkbildningsrådet) distributes grants.

Fees Paid by Learners

State and municipal adult education is grant aided and free of charge. Advanced vocational education programmes receive grants from the state and are free of charge.

The organiser can decide to charge for learning aids. Private education organisers often charge fees. In some cases students can get study assistance to cover these, see 3.3 - Financial support for adult learners

In supplementary education a fee is charged for the courses. The cost can vary depending on whether the course is government-subsidised or not. Some courses entitle a student to a study grant, others do not.

The National Board of Student Aid (Centrala studiestödsnämnden, CSN)

Ministry of Education and Research (Utbildningsdepartamentet)

Financial Support for Adult Learners

The National Board of Student Aid (Centrala studiestödsnämnden, CSN) is responsible for the allocation of financial support for studies. CSN approves and distributes financial aid for studies: grants and loans. CSN also handles repayment of the loans. The main principle is that earlier studies are assessed for each new application.

Students in municipal adult education can apply for student aid, which consists of a grant and a loan. The total amount (grant and loan) is SEK 2035 per full-time study week in 2010. The grant part is SEK 674.Students over the age of 25 can obtain the higher grant for studies at compulsory or upper secondary school level, or for attending vocational training at upper secondary level for adults. For students with children there is also a possibility to receive extra child allowance. The extra child allowance is 127 - 249 SEK per week depending on the number of children. For more information on study assistance see 3.2 - Financial support for learners

Students at folk high schools (folkhögskolor) and advanced vocational education programmes are entitled to study support.

During labour market training, participants receive financial support in form of a grant from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). If the participant is entitled to unemployment benefits, the grant corresponds to this amount. The National Board of Student Aid (Centrala studiestödsnämnden, CSN)

The Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen)

Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan)

Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskolan)

Private Education

Grant-aided private organisers of adult education

The task of providing adult education in the form of basic adult education, upper secondary adult education, and education for adults with learning disabilities, as well as Swedish tuition for immigrants, can be handed over by the municipalities and county councils to private organisers. The private actors in question have to have been admitted by the authority to award grades and issue leaving certificates. Folk high schools with the right to award grades can provide Swedish tuition for immigrants. The private organisers and folk high schools are entitled to grants for such types of education.

Ministry of Education and Research (Utbildningsdepartamentet)