There is no right to unemployment benefit during a summer holiday or any other scheduled break from studies. A student must have either completed or withdrawn from their studies, in order to be considered as unemployed.
Normally, you may not receive unemployment benefits during the study period, as it is a requirement that you are both unemployed and actively seeking work to be entitled to unemployment benefit. Under certain conditions, however, you have the opportunity to study on a part-time basis.
All the months that you have studied on a full-time basis can be counted as excluded time ("överhoppningsbar tid" - see earlier, under "Right to benefits") if you have either completed or permanently withdrawn from your studies, and were older than 25 when they were terminated. In some additional cases, your time spent studying may also be excluded even if you completed them before you were 25 years old. You must then have worked full-time for at least five consecutive months prior to commencing your studies. If you have worked a little, or nothing at all, during summer breaks, then this time can also be excluded. Studies are counted as having been completed if you have either reached the end of the course or have permanently withdrawn from it.
The possibility to study part time and at the same time receive unemployment benefit is an exception that is based on the fact that in spite of your studies, you can be considered to be unemployed in the manner that is referred to in the insurance terms. An application must be made to Alfa-kassan before the studies begin. The purpose of our assessment is to decide whether you can primarily be considered to be unemployed or studying.
That you, by means of part-time studies are increasing your potential employability by gaining skills or by completing an already-commenced course, is not something that we are particularly concerned with. If you feel that you are in need of additional training, then this is an issue you should take up with the Public Employment Service (“Arbetsförmedlingen”).
What constitutes part-time studies?
When we decide what can be classed as part-time studies, we take into account both the rate of studying and the extent of the studies. Your letter of admission should state that courses are studied on a part-time basis (at most, 50 per cent), the number of study credits the course constitutes, as well as the time period that the course will cover. This applies to both studies in the daytime and evening.
Terms and Conditions
If you wish to study part-time whilst still receiving benefit, you must apply to Alfa-kassan. Do this in good time so that you will get your decision before the training begins. If you apply too late there is a risk that you will be liable to repay any benefits you"ve received, that you are no longer eligible for.
Rules for benefit in connection with studies
Following a decision by the government, with effect from 1 October 2014, some new rules apply for benefit in connection with studies.
The main rule is the same as before however: a person who studies cannot simultaneously receive benefit from Alfa-kassan. But, as previously, after the rules changed there are exceptions.
- If you are a job seeker and wish to participate in education or other activity, full or part time, for the purpose of orientation towards a new trade or profession or educational path or to ease the transition to a new trade or profession, you can apply to be able to study while still receiving benefit for a period of 15 days maximum.
- If you are a job seeker and wish to study a maximum 50 per cent of full time, on condition that your previous work did not cease because of the studies, that the studies do not prevent you from seeking work and that they are not financed by study support, you can apply to be able to study while still receiving benefit from Alfa-kassan. You can study part time while receiving benefit for a maximum of 20 weeks in the same benefit period. (Study support may continue to be paid however if the education is taken for 15 weeks prior to unemployment and work.)
- If you receive unemployment benefit, you can study full time if you can show that, before becoming unemployed, you both worked and studied full time for at least 15 weeks. You can study full time while receiving benefit for a maximum of 20 weeks in the same benefit period.
The new rules apply to decisions made by Alfa-kassan with effect from 1 October 2014. This means that if you have previously studied and received benefit in the same benefit period, these studies will affect Alfa-kassan’s assessment. In total, a maximum of 20 benefit weeks per benefit period and a maximum of 15 benefit days per benefit period are approved.
Remember to send in your application for studies in good time. Do not begin your studies until you have received a decision from Alfa-kassan.