Housing grant

Applies to those who turn 20 years of age or less during the calendar year in which the academic year commences and do not yet have university and college admissions certification or vocational qualifications.


Students are not entitled to a housing grant

Housing grants are only for pupils attending upper secondary education with statutory rights as a young person. Lånekassen has other loans and grants for students in university and university college education.

What is a housing grant?

A housing grant is for pupils who are unable to live at home while attending upper secondary education.

It is not sufficient that you prefer to live alone.

You may only receive a housing grant if

  • The distance between parental home and school 40 kilometres or more, or
  • You spend three hours or more per day travelling between your parents’ home and school, or
  • There are conditions that prevent you from living at home

The grant is usually not means-tested

Neither your parents’ income nor you own income affect the size of the housing grant.


  • Do you receive subsidies for housing expenses? In that case, you are not entitled to a housing grant.
  • Are you an apprentice, traineeship candidate, apprenticeship candidate or candidate for a certificate at work? If you have a gross monthly salary of more than NOK 17,186, the housng grant will be reduced. 

How to apply

There is no separate application for housing grants. When you apply for a grant for upper secondary education, you must check the box indicating that you will be living away from home. We will then assess whether you are entitled to a housing grant.

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