The Swedish School Inspectorate's work in examining applications for open school has cost more than the fee has given. Archive image.
The Swedish School Inspectorate's work in examining applications for open school has cost more than the fee has given. Archive image.

From the end of the year, the Swedish School Inspectorate may charge a higher fee to those applying to start free school. Today's fees do not cover the costs and the Government has therefore decided to increase it.

The fees are increased from 35 000 to 75 000 SEK for new applications and from 25 000 to 65 000 SEK for applications to expand the activities of a free school.

All actors who plan to start free school must first be tested by the Swedish School Inspectorate. Economics, student documentation and management suitability are things that are controlled. The Authority has pointed out that the administration has become more resource-intensive than was initially calculated.

Last year the Swedish School Inspectorate received 200 applications to start or expand private schools.