Refugee grant

Sist oppdatert: 25.08.2017
Here you can see who is entitled to a refugee grant, and for how long you may receive one.

Who is entitled to a refugee grant?

You are entitled to receive a refugee grant if you are a foreign national who has been granted asylum in Norway and are taking ordinary upper secondary education in Norway. You may also be entitled to receive a refugee grant for primary and lower secondary education if you need it and you do not qualify for admission to upper secondary education. Entitlement to the refugee grant ceases if you receive introduction benefit.
For how long can you receive a refugee grant?
The sooner you start education after arriving in Norway, the longer you are entitled to receive the refugee grant. The length of time before you start education is counted from the date asylum was granted.
If you start education within three years of arriving in Norway, you can receive the grant for up to three years
If you start education within four years of arriving in Norway, you can receive the grant for up to two years
If you start education within five years of arriving in Norway, you can receive the grant for up to one year
The deadline for when you need to have started education is extended by two years if you
already have children or have a child during the time you would normally have been entitled to receive the refugee grant. You must then start your education before the child reaches the age of ten years.
have the right to take primary and lower secondary education before beginning ordinary upper secondary education.
How much money is the refugee grant?
If you are taking ordinary upper secondary education that you have a statutory right to pursuant to the Norwegian Education Act, the grant will be calculated in the same way as for Norwegian pupils. The difference is that you will receive the full amount as a grant, apart from the additional loan to cover tuition fees
If you are taking primary and lower secondary education that you have a statutory right to pursuant to the Norwegian Education Act or upper secondary education that you do not have a statutory right to pursuant to the Education Act, the size of the grant will be calculated in the same way as for Norwegian students in higher education. The difference is that you will receive the full amount as a grant, apart from the additional loan to cover tuition fees
You can calculate how much you will receive using the support calculator. Remember that everything except the additional loan for tuition fees is a grant.
If you drop out before you have completed the education, you will have to pay back the money you have received.

You are entitled to receive a refugee grant if you are a foreign national who has been granted asylum in Norway and are taking ordinary upper secondary education in Norway. You may also be entitled to receive a refugee grant for primary and lower secondary education if you need it and you do not qualify for admission to upper secondary education. Entitlement to the refugee grant ceases if you receive introduction benefit.

For how long can you receive a refugee grant?

The sooner you start education after arriving in Norway, the longer you are entitled to receive the refugee grant. The length of time before you start education is counted from the date asylum was granted.

  • If you start education within three years of arriving in Norway, you can receive the grant for up to three years.
  • If you start education within four years of arriving in Norway, you can receive the grant for up to two years.
  • If you start education within five years of arriving in Norway, you can receive the grant for up to one year.

The deadline for when you need to have started education is extended by two years if you

  • already have children or have a child during the time you would normally have been entitled to receive the refugee grant. You must then start your education before the child reaches the age of ten years.
  • have the right to take primary and lower secondary education before beginning ordinary upper secondary education.

How much money is the refugee grant?

  • If you are taking ordinary upper secondary education that you have a statutory right to pursuant to the Norwegian Education Act, the grant will be calculated in the same way as for Norwegian pupils. The difference is that you will receive the full amount as a grant, apart from the additional loan to cover tuition fees.
  • If you are taking primary and lower secondary education that you have a statutory right to pursuant to the Norwegian Education Act or upper secondary education that you do not have a statutory right to pursuant to the Education Act, the size of the grant will be calculated in the same way as for Norwegian students in higher education. The difference is that you will receive the basic support as a grant instead of a loan.

You can calculate how much you will receive using the support calculator (only in Norwegian). The refugee grant is means-tested against your income and wealth.

If you drop out before you have completed the education, you will have to pay back the money you have received.