Financial Aid for students in the quota scheme 2011–2012

Sist oppdatert: 08.07.2011
Financial Aid and Remission of Debt for Citizens from Developing countries and countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (quota scheme) 2011-2012

Section six


§ 47-1 The Quota scheme in section six applies to
            Chapter six applies to citizens aged 18 years and above from developing countries, countries in West Balkan, countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia who were accepted at a college or university in Norway according to the conditions laid down by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, for an educational programme for which places are awarded on a quota basis.


§ 48-1 Basic conditions
            It is a condition that the applicant has been awarded a place at an institution of higher education according to the educational programme mentioned in § 47-1, has an education-seeker's residence permit, and intends to use his or her education in his or her home country when the study programme has been completed.

§ 48-2 Condition of having lived in home country prior to applying 
            It is a condition that the applicant applies for acceptance to the quota scheme from his or her home country, and can substantiate that he or she has been in the home country for at least one year prior to acceptance into the programme.

§ 48-3 Exception from § 48-2
            Exception from the requirement of application from the home country can be made for applicant who has previously received financial aid from the Loan Fund, or who has financed his or her studies in Norway through NORAD, The Research Council of Norway or similar institutions. It is a condition that the total study period does not exceed five years.


§ 49-1 Type of Educational Programme
            The educational programme must be approved for support by the Loan Fund in Section one of these Regulations. Financial aid may be given for PhD studies under the quota scheme.

§49-2 Introductory Course in the Norwegian or Sámi language
            Financial aid may be given for up to one year for an introductory course in the Norwegian or Sámi language to an applicant admitted to a programme taught in Norwegian or Sámi.


§ 50-1 Main rule
            Financial aid may be given for the time stipulated for the education, no longer than four years. Any introductory course in the Norwegian or Sámi language is additional to these four years.

§ 50-2 Combination masters and PhD
            If the applicant plans to complete a PhD, financial aid can only be granted for one year at the master’s level. Applicant whom has received support for more than one year of the Master’s degree and thereafter has been accepted for a PhD programme as a quota student, can receive support for the PhD programme within the remaining time of the boundaries set in §§ 50-1, 50-3 and 50-4.

§ 50-3 Extended period of funding for field work in the home country
            If the educational programme includes field work in the student's home country, financial aid may be given for a total of up to five years. Financial aid for field work will be given according to the same rules as apply to Norwegian applicants, cf. § 5-1.

§ 50-4 Delay in Completion of the Educational Programme
            In the event of a delay in the completion of the educational programme, financial aid may be given for up to one year over and above the standard time cf. § 9-2. If the delay occurs during the last semester of the education, support may be given for up to two months during the subsequent summer to complete the educational programme. 
            It is a prerequisite that the applicant remains under the quota scheme. Support is not given for repetition of introductory course.


§ 51-1 Calculation of the Amount of Financial Aid
            When calculating the amount of financial aid, the same rules and rates apply as for calculating the amount of financial aid in Section three and Chapters 42 and 43. Rules regarding calculation and payment of the financial aid in the first semester, cf. § 51-2. Rules regarding support for travel, cf. §§ 51-4 to 51-5.

Financial support can be given for 12 months per academic year for PhD students.

§ 51-2 Calculation and Payment of the Financial Aid in the First Semester
            Financial aid for the first two months of the semester is given as a grant corresponding to basic support for two months, cf. § 25-1. The amount is paid out at the educational institution as the first semester commences.
            Financial aid for the following months is calculated according to the rules in Section three and is paid out according to the rules in Chapter 11.

§ 51-3 Provider's supplementary grant
            The applicant can receive a provider's supplementary grant for children born in 1996 or later, who have a residence permit and live together with the applicant in Norway.

§ 51-4 Financial aid for travel to Norway and back to home country
            Supplementary support can be given to cover parts of the travel to Norway when the educational programme starts, and back to the home country when it is completed.

§ 51-5 Financial aid for annual trip home
            Supplementary support can also be granted for an annual trip home according to the rates of the Loan Fund, when the educational programme has lasted for one year or more. It is not given if the applicant has had field work in his or her home country the semester before, or plans to have this the semester following the summer vacation. If the student commences the studies during the spring semester, supplementary travel aid can be given if the education has lasted one semester or more.
            The trip must be completed before this grant is given.

§ 51-6 Calculation of financial aid for travel
            Supplementary support for travel within Norway according to §§ 51-4 and 51-5 is given according to § 30-1. Age limit, maximum amount, and deductive amount in § 30-1 do not apply to students who receive support according to Section six.
            Financial aid for travel abroad will take the form of a 70 per cent grant, and a 30 per cent loan.


§ 52-1 Remission of educational loan after permanent residence in home country
            Borrowers, who have received financial aid according to the rules in Section six, will get their educational loan remitted when they return to their home country to take up permanent residence there.

§ 52-2 Residence in Norway or other country
            Borrowers who live in Norway or in some country other than their home country after completing their education cannot get their loan remitted. The regulations regarding interest on and repayment of educational loans and loss of rights apply to these borrowers.

§ 52-3 Exception for humanitarian grounds
            In case the borrower after completed education is unable to take residence in home country on humanitarian grounds such as war, unrest or persecution, the loan may be remitted if the borrower takes residence in another country under the quota scheme.

§ 52-4 Return to Norway
            If the borrower later returns to Norway, the decision on remission will be rescinded. However, if the decision is more than ten years old, it cannot be changed.