You can receive loans and grants
When you no longer have statutory rights as a young person, you don’t receive a grant in the same manner as ordinary upper secondary education, but you take out a loan.
The loan is called basic support and up to 40 per cent of this may be converted to a grant if you
- live away from your parents
- complete your educational programme
- have income and assets below the limits
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you can receive a loan for tuition fees.
Are you sitting an external examination in a subject you have previously passed (retaking a subject)?
Loans for these subjects cannot be converted to grants. This also applies if you initially took the subjects at ordinary upper secondary school (with statutory rights as a young person).
You can receive support to take a total of 480 credits
There is a limit to how long you can receive support for. This limit applies to the qualifications you take after completing upper secondary education with statutory rights as a young person.
You can receive support to take a total of 480 credits or equivalent. This is equivalent to eight years of full-time studies. Support for upper secondary education without statutory rights as a young person counts towards how much support you can receive in total.
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
Most applications are processed within 24 hours, but more complex cases can take a long time to process. It is a good idea to apply as soon as you have been given a school place.
Before we can transfer the money, your school must let us know that you are going there. Once we have been notified by your school, it may take a few days before you have the money in your account.
You have to pay when you no longer get a loan or study part-time
If you get a loan for full-time education, you will not receive interest on the loan and you do not have to pay installments. 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.
It will take around seven months from the last time you received a student loan from us until you receive the first bill.