EEA and EFTA citizens

If you are an EEA or EFTA citizen, or a family member of an EEA citizen, there are more opportunities to access loans and grants from Lånekassen than for other foreign nationals.

You must meet one of the following criteria:

  • you have been granted permanent right of residence
  • you are an employee from an EEA or EFTA country
  • you are a family member of an employee from an EEA or EFTA country

Loans and grants for study in Norway

If you meet certain requirements, you may be eligible for loans and grants from Lånekassen even if you are a foreign citizen

If you are a foreign citizen with legal residence in Norway and you study here, you may be eligible for loans or grants from Lånekassen if you meet one of the criteria below.

Permanent right of residence in Norway

EEA citizens, or family members of EEA citizens with permanent right of residence in Norway.

Documentation requirements

If you are a citizen of a country outside the Nordic region, you do not need to submit documentation. We will collect the information we need from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

If you are a Nordic citizen, you must submit confirmation showing that you have been resident in Norway for a continuous period of at least five years prior to starting the study programme you are now applying for support for. You can, for example, submit documentation showing that you have been employed, self-employed, a student or that you have had sufficient means to support yourself while living here. Lånekassen checks the information regarding registered residence against the Norwegian National Register.

EEA or EFTA employees

You are an EEA or EFTA citizen and have employee status in Norway. You must fulfil one of these conditions:

  • You are continuing to work (minimum of 10-12 hours per week) whilst studying.
  • You are ending your employment in order to study and there is a professional link between your work in Norway and the study programme you are applying for support for. If you have become If you have become involuntarily unemployed during the six months leading up to you starting your education, and have been registered as unemployed by Nav in the enitre period, the requirement for a professional link may be waived.

Documentation requirements

If you are continuing to work at the same time as studying, you must submit

  • confirmation (a reference) from your employer showing the percentage of a full-time position you work or how many hours you are working per week/month during the period you are studying. It must state whether you are in a permanent or temporary position. If you have a temporary position, the employer must state the end date. The confirmation must be signed by the employer and be written on official headed paper or have the employer’s stamp.

If you have stopped working and transitioned to studying, you must submit

  • confirmation (a reference) from your Norwegian employer(s) showing the period(s) you have worked in Norway, what work you did and the percentage of a full-time position you worked. The confirmation must be signed by the employer and be written on official headed paper or have the employer’s stamp. An employment contract is not sufficient.
  • documentation from the place of study specifying the study programme you will be taking.

Children of EEA or EFTA employees or their spouses

:You may be eligible for loans or grants for study in Norway or abroad if you are the child or grandchild of an EEA or EFTA employee, or of someone who is married to an EEA or EFTA employee. You must also meet at least one of these two conditions:

1. you must be under the age of 21

2. you must be supported by the employee or the employee’s spouse
Please note that your eligibility for support under the items above will lapse if the EEA or EFTA employee no longer has the status of employed in Norway.

You may also be eligible for loans and grants if you live in Norway and you are the child of an EEA/EFTA employee or of someone who is married to the employee. You must either live together with the employee or have lived together with the employee whilst they were considered an employee in Norway. These are the only conditions under which you might be eligible for loans or grants for study in Norway.

Documentation requirements

You must submit

  • documentation showing that one of your parents has been employed in Norway, for example confirmation from an employer. An employment contract is not considered sufficient documentation.

If your parents come from a country outside the Nordic region, you must also submit

  • a copy of the certificate of registration for one of your parents
  • a copy of a valid residence permit or certificate of registration for yourself

Parents or grandparents of EEA or EFTA employees or their spouses

Please note that you will lose your eligibility for support if the EEA or EFTA employee no longer has the status of employed in Norway.

Documentation requirements

If the child is a Nordic citizen, you must submit

  • confirmation showing that he/she is employed in Norway, for example confirmation from an employer. An employment contract is not considered sufficient documentation.

If the child is a citizen of a country outside the Nordic region, you must submit

  • a copy of a valid work permit or certificate of registration for the child in question
  • confirmation showing that he/she is employed in Norway, for example confirmation from an employer. An employment contract is not considered sufficient documentation.

If you come from a country outside the Nordic region, you must also submit

  • a copy of a valid residence permit or certificate of registration for yourself

Married or cohabiting with joint children, with an EEA or EFTA employee in Norway

Please note that you will lose your eligibility for support if the EEA or EFTA employee no longer has the status of employed in Norway.

Documentation requirements

You must submit

  • documentation showing that your spouse/cohabiting partner has worked in Norway, for example, confirmation from an employer. An employment contract is not considered sufficient documentation.

If your spouse/cohabiting partner comes from a country outside of Norway, you must also submit

  • a copy of the certificate of registration for your spouse/cohabiting partner
  • a copy of a valid residence permit or certificate of registration for yourself

What if I don’t meet the conditions?

Even if you do not meet any of the specific requirements for EEA or EFTA citizens, you may still be eligible for support if you meet the general requirements for foreign nationals

Foreign citizens

Loans and grants for studying abroad

There are stricter requirements for obtaining loans and grants from Lånekassen for studying abroad if you are not a Norwegian citizen.

To qualify for support abroad, you must usually be a Norwegian citizen. In certain cases, Lånekassen may make exceptions for EEA or EFTA citizens and their family members if they meet the requirements for links to Norway and general study competence.

Read about the requirements for links to Norway