Loans and grants for attending folk high school in the Nordic region
Students at folk high schools in the Nordic region may be eligible for basic support and, in some cases, additional loans for school fees.
What is basic support?
All students can receive basic support, and this is what most people call a student loan 40 per cent of the basic support may subsequently be converted to a grant.
You do not receive an extra loan to cover expenses for the course you are taking or for travel.
Who is eligible for additional loans for tuition fees?
You are only eligible for loans for tuition fees if you have to pay tuition fees to a folk high school. Payments to cover food and accommodation are not considered tuition fees. Tuition fees are common in Denmark but not in Sweden.
How much can you receive in additional loans for school fees?
The rate for additional loans for tuition fees is capped at a maximum of NOK 74,366 for a full academic year. You will receive less if the duration of the course is shorter and you can never receive more than what you actually have to pay in tuition fees.
How many months can you receive support for?
You can receive support for between four and ten months, depending on the duration of the course. If, for example, the duration of the course is five and a half months, you will receive support for five and a half months. We will round up to the closest half month. You will not be eligible for support if the duration of the course is less than four months.
Who can receive support to attend folk high school in the Nordic region?
If you are admitted to a folk high school, you may be eligible for support even if you do not have general study competence. There is an exception to the rule on requirements for general study competence for studies abroad.
You need to have links to Norway in order to be eligible for support for studies abroad. Generally speaking, you need to be a Norwegian citizen but certain EEA or EFTA residents and their family members may also be eligible for support.
Which folk high schools are approved?
You can only receive support for state-authorised folk high schools that would carry an entitlement to support from the equivalent student loan fund in the country in which you will be attending a folk high school. Support is only available for courses with a duration of at least four months.
In Denmark, an overview of authorised folk high schools can be found at danishfolkhighschools.com.
Do I have to pay interest on the loan?
The loan is free of interest for as long as you are receiving loans for full-time education
In order for the loan to be free of interest and instalments, you must be taking a student loan for full-time education. When you no longer receive a student loan or go from full- to part-time studies, interest will accrue on the loan and you must start repayments.
You must have a study place before applying, and you may apply no earlier then mid-May. The final deadline for applying is:
- 15 November for the entire year or just the autumn semester
- 15 March for the spring semester