Adult students in Norway
The only difference in terms of what young people and adult students can receive is that students over the age of 30 may be eligible to borrow more.
Basic support and tuition fees
Like all other students, adult students can also apply for basic support.
The basic support for the 2023–2024 academic year is NOK 137,907. This amount applies for those who receive disbursements for 11 months of the year. You can also apply for an additional loan to cover tuition fees if you attend BI or another educational institution in Norway. The maximum amount you can apply for to cover tuition fees during an academic year is NOK 74,366.
You may be eligible for an additional loan if you are over the age of 30
If you are 30 years of age or older and will be completing higher education as a full-time student, you may be entitled to an additional loan of up to NOK 111,640 in an academic year, but limited to a maximum of NOK 223,280 in total. If you are taking fewer credits, you will be given an offer to borrow a smaller amount.
You may be eligible for more if you have children
Students with children under the age of 16 years may be eligible for additional loans and grants. As a full-time student, you will be entitled to an additional grant of NOK 1,954 per child per month. This amount will be decreased proportionally if you are studying part-time. In order to qualify for the child grant, you or your spouse/cohabitant cannot have income or assets exceeding the specified limits. See how much you could receive in child grants and what the income limits are.
There is also an additional loan available that students with children can apply for. The additional loan is up to NOK 55,820 per academic year, but limited to a maximum of NOK 111,640 in total. Please note that you cannot receive this loan while also receiving an additional loan for students over the age of 30.
You can get a loan regardless of how much you earn
If you are working alongside your studies, your income will not affect the loan amount you will receive. But it could affect how much of the loan can later be converted to a grant. The income limits differ depending on whether you have received support from Lånekassen during both the spring and autumn of 2023 or whether you have received support only during the autumn of 2023.
- Income limit for those who have received support during both the spring and autumn of 2023: NOK 205,579
- Income limit for those who have received support only during the autumn of 2023: NOK 513,946