Who is eligible for refugee grants?
- Be registered with refugee status with the Norwegian Directorate for Immigration (UDI)
- Be enrolled in primary, secondary or upper secondary education
- Not receive introduction benefit at the same time as receiving a refugee grant
- Not live at a reception centre for asylum seekers
Separate grants for refugees
What is the refugee grant?
The refugee grant is a separate support scheme for refugees in primary, secondary or upper secondary education. The refugee grant means that loans you could otherwise have received from Lånekassen are converted to grants instead.
You cannot receive a refugee grant at the same time as participating in an introduction programme.
These loans and grants are not converted to refugee grants: Grant for course materials, travel grant, additional loans for tuition fees, additional loans for applicants over the age of 18 who have children.
You may be eligible for a refugee grant for three years
You may be eligible for a refugee grant for up to three years within a period of six years after the date on which you were granted asylum. The number of years for which you may be eligible for the grant depends on how quickly you start your education after being granted asylum. If you start your education within three years of being granted asylum, you may receive a refugee grant for up to three years, but if you start your education after five years, for example, you may only receive a refugee grant for one year.
The period during which you may receive a refugee grant may be extended from six to eight years if you already have children or have a child during the period in which you receive a refugee grant. This also applies if you are undertaking primary and secondary education before starting upper secondary education. You may then still be eligible for a refugee grant for three years even though you did not start your education before five years had elapsed.