Refugees

Who is eligible for refugee grants?

You must;
  • 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

Refugees who do not receive introduction benefit at the same time may be eligible for refugee grants for up to three years.

What is the refugee grant?

The refugee grant is a grant 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 you receive introductory benefit (economical support whilst participating in the introductory programme).

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 the refugee grant can normally be granted. 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.

Video about refugee grant from Lånekassen

What can I get in refugee grants?

What you are eligible for depends, among other things, on whether or not you have statutory rights as a young person.

The main principle of refugee grants is that you will be eligible for the same amount as others but that everything is paid as a grant. Different regulations apply to grants and loans at Lånekassen based on whether or not you have statutory rights as a young person. This also applies to those receiving refugee grants.

If you have statutory rights as a young person, you will receive grants under the same rules applicable to other students in upper secondary education. If you do not have statutory rights as a young person, you will receive grants under the same rules applicable to students in university and university college education.

What are statutory rights of young people?

Most of those attending ordinary upper secondary education have statutory rights as a young person. This means that you are entitled to attend upper secondary education for three years within a four-year period. You need to exercise your statutory rights as a young person before the year in which you turn 25 years of age.

 

Upper secondary education
For refugees eith statutory rights as a young person
Upper secondary education
For refugees without statutory rights as a young person
Primary and secondary school

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