Grants and loans

Sist oppdatert: 20.03.2017


Grant: money you are given
Loan: money you must pay back
Financial support: sum total of grants and loans

Ordinary upper secondary education

Pupils with legal rights to ordinary upper secondary education may receive financial support from the Lånekassen. 

All upper secondary pupils with legal rights to upper secondary education are entitled to a grant to help cover the cost of learning materials and essential personal equipment. The disbursed amount depends on the education programme you follow. 

All pupils in ordinary upper secondary education may receive:

- a basic grant, which is means tested. How large a basic grant you are eligible to receive depends on your parents' income and assets.

- a non-means-tested housing grant if you have to live away from your parents.

- pupils over the age of 18 are also eligible for a loan which is not means tested of up to NOK 3 146 per month. 

You may also qualify for a travel grant and a provider's supplementary grant. All grants you are entitled to will be given automatically when you apply. 

When you live at home with your parents

Basic grant: Up to NOK 3 167 per month
Loan (only eligible for pupils over 18 years): Up to NOK 3 146 per month
Grant for learning materials: NOK 101 - 375 per month*
Total grant and loan: Up to NOK 6 401 - 6 688 per month

When you live on you own

Basic grant:            NOK 3 167 per month
Housing grant:          NOK 4 359 per month
Grant for learning materials: NOK 101 - 375 per month* 
Sum grants: NOK 7 627 - 7 901 per month*
Loan (only eligible for pupils over 18 years): NOK 3 146 per month
Total grant and loan: NOK 10 773 - 11 047 per month*

* Amount depends on what study programme you are taking.

Refugee grant

You may qualify for a refugee grant if you are in upper secondary education and have refugee status. You do not qualify for refugee grant if you have residence permit on humanitarian grounds.

If you are in upper secondary education which you are not entitled to by law, any financial support is granted according to the regulations for higher education. 

Higher education and pupils in education other than ordinary upper secondary education

Higher education means education at university or college level. Pupils who are neither attending ordinary upper secondary schools nor taking higher education, but who are engaged in other forms of education that qualify for financial support (county colleges, IT schools, technical vocational schools, etc.) may be eligible for the same financial support as students in higher education.

Everyone can get up to NOK 108 999 for the academic year 2017-2018 (ten months). The total amount is initially given as a loan. If you do not live in the same house as your parents, up to 40 percent of the amount may be converted to a grant. In order to receive maximum grant you have to

  • pass all your exams
  • earn less than NOK 172 597 in 2017 and/or less than NOK 177 257 in 2018
  • have assets not exceeding NOK 392 662 in 2017 and assets not exceeding NOK 403 267 in 2018.

If you are married, your spouses assets will also be taken into account. Your collected assets can not exceed NOK 754 140 in 2017 and not exceed NOK 774 502 in 2018 in order to receive maximum grant.

The support remains a loan if you live at home with your parents, even if you pass your exams.

How to apply

  • online application for upper secondary education can be found at, at or your personal pages "Dine sider". Apply as soon as you have accepted your placement offer.
  • online application for higher education can be found at your personal pages "Dine sider". Apply as soon as you have accepted your placement offer.

Additional grants for providing for children

If you have children who have been granted a residence permit and are living with you in Norway, you may be given an additional grant. The size of the grant depends on your income and the income of your spouse, partner, or cohabitant.

Additional loan for school fees

You may receive an additional loan to cover school fees.