Additional cost allowance for children
If you have additional expenses related to your child’s disability, you may be eligible for additional cost allowance. Additional costs are costs that are incurred due to the child's disability and go beyond what is customary for children of the same age. Försäkringskassan determines what counts as additional costs.
Can I claim additional cost allowance?
You can receive additional cost allowance if
- your child has a disability that can be presumed to persist for at least six months
- you have additional costs amounting to at least SEK 11,900 per year due to the child’s disability
- you are the child's parent, person who receives a child with a view to adoption, or have custody of the child
- you and your child are insured in Sweden. If you live here, you are covered by insurance. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
The rules for childcare allowance as well as care allowance for children with special needs and additional cost allowance differ. In order to be entitled to additional cost allowance, you need to have higher additional costs than previously required to receive a tax-free additional cost part of the childcare allowance.
In order to receive additional cost allowance, accepted additional costs must be at least SEK 11,900 per year based on the 2021 price base amount. This can be compared with the fact that the additional costs would have needed to be at least SEK 8,568 per year in order for you to receive a tax-free additional cost part in your childcare allowance.
Additional costs are costs that you incur due to your child's disability, i.e. costs in addition to those that are customary for children of the same age without disabilities. Additional costs can be incurred on a one-time basis or recurring costs, such as consumables.
The Swedish Social Insurance Agency will determine what counts as additional costs due to the child’s disability.
An example: You can normally not receive compensation to buy your child a bicycle since this is a cost that one usually has. However, if you need to adjust the bicycle for your child to be able to ride the bicycle despite their disability, you may be entitled to additional cost compensation. In this case, you will be reimbursed for the cost of adjusting the bicycle – you will not be reimbursed for the cost of the bicycle without adaptation.
Additional costs are divided into seven categories according to the legislation. It is not possible to list everything that may qualify as additional costs, however here are some examples.
- Health, medical care and food. For example, costs for medicines and special diets.
- Wear and tear and cleaning. For example, wear and tear on clothes, increased washing and cleaning.
- Travel. For example, travel with own car if your child is unable to travel by public transportation.
- Assistive devices. For example, the purchase or rental and insurance of assistive devices.
- Assistance in daily life. For example, costs for services granted by the municipality.
- Housing. For example, in the case of a change of housing, the cost of an additional room or a larger living space needed for care equipment, assistive devices or a treatment room may be an additional cost if the cost is not otherwise met.
- Other purposes. This applies to additional costs due to a disability, which do not fit in the categories above.
You can only receive additional cost allowance for things that you pay for yourself
This means that you cannot receive allowance for things that the state, municipality or region pays for. This means, for example, that in case of patient transport with your child, you can only receive compensation up to the high-cost protection. Similarly, you cannot claim additional cost compensation for aids if there is an equivalent aid available to borrow for free from the municipality or region.
Therefore, you should contact the municipality or region before purchasing aids that the child needs due to their disability.
We assess whether the costs you have indicated in the application can be approved as additional costs. In order to receive additional cost allowance, the conditions described in the legislation must be met. This requires:
That the cost arises due to the disability
The cost must arise due to a disability, it cannot be a cost that you would have had even if the child did not have a disability. Based on the information in the medical documentation, we will assess whether there is a link between the disability and the cost.
The cost refers to what goes beyond what is normal for children of the same age who do not have a disability
In order to be regarded as an additional cost, the cost must go beyond the costs that one would normally have for children of the same age. We use information from, for example, the Swedish Consumer Agency to determine what can be considered normal costs even without a disability. After that we make an assessment of what costs go beyond that.
The cost is reasonable or fair
The cost must also be reasonable. Reasonable is an expression used in the legislation and is comparable to the cost being fair.
We assess the size of the costs based on your individual life situation. What is reasonable can vary on a case-by-case basis and we therefore investigate whether the additional costs are reasonable. We use information from various sources, such as regions, the Swedish Consumer Agency, the Swedish Energy Agency, FASS, occupational therapists, pharmacies and district nurses.
You pay for the cost yourself
The cost must be paid you. If the state, municipality or region pays it, it is not considered an additional cost.
If the state, municipality or region meets any part of your child's needs, it is called other community support in the legislation and is not approved as an additional cost. Therefore, we need to know what possible services or support the child has. For example, it may be that the municipality pays for a support that the child needs or that a need is met by us paying out another allowance for the child.
You calculate how much additional costs you have per year for your child. In order to do this, you need to compare this figure to how much you would have needed to pay if the child did not have a disability. You can use information from the Swedish Consumer Agency or from other sources to find out what costs one usually has even without a disability. If you do not know this, write it in your application.
If the state, municipality or region reimburses any part of your costs, you need to exclude it when you calculate how large your additional costs are.
If you have an additional cost for a more expensive product with a long lifespan, Försäkringskassan calculates what the annual cost will be. This means that if, for example, the product costs SEK 6,000, the cost is distributed over the number of years the product is expected to be used. This is normally 10 years. The additional cost will then be SEK 600 per year.
How much money will I receive?
You can receive between SEK 1,190 and 2,777 per month for a child depending on the amount of your additional costs. If your additional costs are less than SEK 11,900 per year, you cannot receive compensation.
These amounts are valid for 2021. You do not pay any tax on the allowance.
Additional costs per year and monthly allowance
- Your additional costs are at least SEK 11,900 per year. You can receive SEK 1,190 per month.
- Your additional costs are at least SEK 16,660 per year. You can receive SEK 1,587 per month.
- Your additional costs are at least SEK 21,420 per year. You can receive SEK 1,983 per month.
- Your additional costs are at least SEK 26,180 per year. You can receive SEK 2,380 per month.
- Your additional costs are at least SEK 30,940 per year. You can receive the maximum amount of SEK 2,777 per month.
Two parents can receive additional cost allowance
You and the child’s other parent can receive additional cost allowance for the same child. In this case you share the allowance. Försäkringskassan calculates the total additional costs for the child and you can choose how you want the allowance to be divided between you. If you do not make a choice, you will each receive half. If you are unable to agree, Försäkringskassan will split the allowance in quarters based on what additional costs each of you incurs.
How do I apply?
1. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)
Apply for additional cost allowance on My Pages, where you can describe your additional costs. Read about how to calculate your additional costs under the heading Calculate your additional cost.
You use the same application to change how much of the allowance is paid to you and how much of it is paid to the other parent.
Write in the application if you would rather tell us about your additional costs verbally instead of submitting them when you apply.
It is possible to apply jointly in the e-service. Once one of you has logged in and filled in the details about you, the other parent and child and signed the application, it will be visible in the other parent's My pages. There they will review and sign the application themselves. It must be done within 14 days, otherwise the entire application will be deleted and you will need to fill out a new one.
2. Send in a medical statement
After completing your application, send in a medical statement describing your child’s disability. If you are applying via our e-service you can submit the medical certificate and other attachments digitally through My Pages as soon as we receive your application. You can see your case on My Pages within 24 hours of applying and you then click add attachments to your application.
If you are not applying via the e-service, send the medical certificate and other attachments to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral, 839 88 Östersund.
3. We will contact you
Once we have started processing your case, we will book an appointment with you where we will jointly review the additional costs.
You can prepare for the conversation by writing down what additional costs you have incurred due to your child's disability, the reason for the costs and how you have calculated them, if this is not already stated in your application.
If you indicated that you need an interpreter, the administrative officer will make sure one participates in the conversation.
4. You will receive a decision
We will assess what additional costs are reasonable and can be approved. If your additional costs are at least SEK 11,900 per year, you will receive a decision on a certain monthly amount. The decision may be for a limited time or as long as you are liable to pay maintenance for the child.
Unfortunately, we currently have long processing times, an average of eight months. You will not miss out on any money because of our processing times. If you are entitled to compensation, you will receive the money in arrears once we have made a decision on your case.
Additional cost allowance is paid out on the 18th or 19th of every month.
For special disbursement dates, see
6. Notify us if anything changes
Call your administrator if your additional costs relating to your child change. Report the change as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after you became aware of it. Otherwise, you may be required to pay back the money.