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Foreign citizen

Between 3 – 7 October, the Danish State Educational Grant Agency sends out ”warnings” to about 375 students stating that they no longer receive the grant portions from 1 November 2020 on.

In case you have received such a letter in your e-Boks, check out the following information:

  • If you disagree on how we calculated your study activities, send a written statement including the necessary documentation to us via SPOC – asap and no later than Tuesday, 20 October, 12 noon.
  • You can apply for extra grant portions if protracted illness, special circumstances or work for a council has caused a delay in your studies while you have received the Danish State grant. Check out the guideline (Danish only) about how to apply and what to add to the application.

Send your application asap and no later than Tuesday, 20 October, 12 noon. As far as possible, we try to ensure that you can continue receiving the grant portions during the handling of your case.

Information in English about SU.

In this section you will find information about your rights and obligations in relation to SU.

SU as a Foreign Citizen

If you are not a Danish citizen, you have to meet certain criteria in order to receive SU. You can learn more here: http://www.su.dk/english/su-as-a-foreign-citizen/

If you have applied for equal status with Danish citizens because you are working in Denmark, you must be aware of the following condition: While you are studying, you must remain employed for a minimum of 10-12 hours a week. If not, your SU will be stopped, and in some cases you will be required to pay it back.

How do you become eligible for SU?
You must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a Danish citizen. If you are not a Danish citizen, see the section entitled “SU as a foreign citizen”
  • You must be admitted to an SU eligible education. You can see the list of educations eligible for SU here (in Danish)
  • You must fulfill the requirements of minimum study activity (in Danish studieaktivitet). Every month you receive SU equivalent to 5 ECTS. See the section “Study requirements – Study activity” below.
  • You may not receive social aid, such as unemployment benefits, rehabilitation aid, etc. See the list here (in Danish)
  • For more information see here (in Danish) 

Rates of SU

If you are a student and entitled to SU, you can receive SU for up to 70 months. This means that you have 70 monthly payments of SU. Depending on the degree you are studying (i.e., bachelor or master’s degree), you can usually receive SU for the prescribed study period of, respectively, 34 or 24 months, and sometimes 12 additional months. If you commence your bachelor more than two years after you completed high school /secondary school (or equivalent), you can only receive SU for the prescribed study time of usually 34 or 24 months, without the additional 12 months. 

If you, as a foreign citizen, become entitled to SU in the middle of your degree, you can receive SU for the prescribed remaining study time plus 12 months, given that you started your first bachelor degree no more than two years after you completed high school/secondary school (or equivalent). Otherwise, you can only receive SU for the prescribed remaining study period.

Study Requirements - Study Activity

To maintain your right to receive SU, you cannot be more than 6 months delayed in your studies in relation to the months of SU you have used. If you are more than 6 months delayed, you will be declared inactive, and your SU will be stopped. You can check your study activity by loggin on to "minSU" > "se din SU" > "studiefremdrift".

Tax

SU is a taxable income. What you pay in taxes depends on your tax card from SKAT (the Danish tax authorities). When you apply for SU, you can decide if you want to use your primary tax card or your secondary tax card.

Your primary tax card has a monthly tax-free deduction and your secondary tax card has no tax-free deduction. Please be aware that you can only use your primary tax-card at one place (e.g., either for SU or your salary from an employer), while the secondary card is possible to use several places. It is your own responsibility to make sure that you are paying the correct amount of taxes.

Through minSU.dk, you can change which tax card you wish to use. Go to minSU => “ret din SU” =>“skat”.

You can read more about the Danish Tax System here.

How much can you earn? (in Danish ”fribeløb”)

There is a limit to the amount you are allowed to earn at your job, when you receive SU. This limit is called fribeløb.

If you earn more than your fribeløb in the year where you receive SU or slutlån (an end of studies loan), you will have to pay back some of your SU. Your “fribeløb” is calculated on a yearly basis depending on how many months you have received SU.

Allowed income before tax per month in 2020:

When you receive SU: 13,542 DKK
When you choose not to get your SU:
19,840 DKK
When you are not enrolled in a degree approved for SU,
when you are not entitled to SU, or when you have no more SU
 
or receive other public income:
38,187 DKK
If you are receiving “handicaptillæg” 3,297 DKK

If you have children under the age of 18 you can add 28,694 DKK to your fribeløb for each child each year.

Loans

Student loan (in Danish SU-lån)
You have the possibility to obtain a student loan together with your SU grant. You can only receive the student loan in the months where you are receiving SU.

You can see the student loan rates here (in Danish)

You can apply for the SU-lån (student loan) in “MinSU” –www.su.dk

SU for studies abroad and financial statement

You can bring your SU with you during your study abroad period. It is a requirement that you have a pre-approval of full credit transfer to your studies at the SDU.

Please email your pre-approval of credit transfer to www.sdu.dk/spoc

If you have been placed on equal status with Danish citizens because you are working in Denmark, you must be aware that you will lose your right to receive SU if you do not continue to have genuine and effective employment of a minimum of 10-12 hours a week in the Danish labour market. 

If you have any doubt about your right to continue to receive SU while you are studying abroad please contact us.

Study Abroad Scholarship (Udlandsstipendium)

If you are planning self-arranged studies abroad and you have to pay tuition fee, you can apply for a Study abroad Scholarship (in Danish “Udlandsstipendium”).

Requirements to fulfill:

  • You must be entitled to SU in the month your study abroad period begins.
  • You must be enrolled at a Danish degree (e.g. a bachelor or master’s degree at SDU).
  • You must have at least one month of SU left or one end of studies loan rate (in Danish slutlånsrate) left when you begin your study abroad period.
  • You must have a pre-approval of full credit transfer.
  • You must be admitted to the foreign educational institution (the admission can be conditional of payment).
  • You must apply before your study abroad period ends.

Application process:

Fill in the application for “Udlandsstipendium”, print, sign, scan, and email it along with the supporting documents to www.sdu.dk/spoc . Find the application  portal here.

Required documentation:

  • Pre-approval of credit transfer.
  • Course Descriptions
  • Documentation of admission (admission letter)/Letter of enrollment.
  • Documentation of tuition fee (invoice).

Supplementary SU when becoming a parent while you study at The University of Southern Denmark (in Danish ”fødselsklip”)

You can get supplementary SU, if you become a parent during your education.

Mother
If you become a mother during your education, you can:

  • Get 12 months of additional SU, known as fødselsklip.
  • You cannot apply for fødselsklip more than three months before your due date.
  • You cannot receive your SU more than two months before your due date.
  • You can decide for yourself when you would like to receive your fødselsklip during your studies.
  • You can choose between three kinds of disbursement of your fødselsklip
  • The transfer of six months from the mother to the father is possible. However, this requires that both the mother and father go to University and qualify for SU (the child's father cannot transfer additional SU to the mother)

You have to submit documentation in the form of a maternity record (in Danish vandrejournal) from your midwife/doctor.

Father

  • If you become a father during your education:
  • You get 6 months fødselsklip.
  • You cannot apply earlier than the month before you want to receive fødselsklip.
  • You cannot apply or receive fødselsklip before your child is born.
  • You can decide for yourself when you would like to receive your fødselsklip during your studies.
  • You can choose between three kinds of disbursement of your fødselsklip.
  • The transfer of six months from the mother to the father is possible. However, this requires that both the mother and father go to University and qualify for SU (the child's father cannot transfer additional SU to the mother).

You have to submit documentation such as a birth certificate or a paternity declaration.

You need to use your fødselsklip in the education you are studying when you get the baby. That is, before you interrupt or finish the program. You cannot transfer your fødselsklip to a new education; not even from a bachelor's to a master's program.

Please note that if you are eligible because you are working, you need to keep working or be on maternity leave.

Child-support (in Danish ”forsørgertillæg”)

If you are a parent to a child, you can get additional student loans - and in some cases you can also get a supplement to your SU.

You can apply for child-support in minSU.

Additional months of SU (in Danish ”tillæg af klip”)

If you are delayed in your studies due to illness, council work or other special circumstances you can apply for additional months of SU.

Requirements:

You received SU in the period you were delayed.

Documentation:

  • Illness must be documented with a certificate from a doctor or psychiatrist. The certificate should state the period of your illness and how it has affected your ability to study.
  • Council work: you need a declaration from the relevant forum, describing the nature and scope of your work.
  • Other special circumstances: if possible you should document the circumstances that have caused you delay.
  • Your own brief des of how your illness, council work, or other special circumstances have delayed your studies. 

Application process:

You apply for additional months of SU (in Danish “tillæg af klip”) at minSU  “Søg SU” => “Tillæg af klip”. Once you have applied at minSU you will get a receipt (in Danish Kvitteringsside). This receipt must be forwarded to www.sdu.dk/spoc or handed in in person at Student Service at Campus Odense.