Upper secondary school without statutory rights as a young person
When you no longer have statutory rights as a young person, you don’t receive a grant in the same manner as ordinary upper secondary education, but you take out a loan.
You receive basic support and a loan for tuition fees if you are required to pay tuition fees.
Basic support is a loan, not a grant, but up to 40 per cent of this may be converted to a grant if you live away from your parents, complete your educational programme and have income and assets below the limits.
If you are sitting an external examination in a subject you have previously passed (retaking a subject), loans for these subjects cannot be converted to grants. This also applies if you initially took the subjects at ordinary upper secondary school (with statutory rights as a young person).
You can receive support to take a total of 480 credits
There is a limit to how long you can receive support for. This limit applies to the qualifications you take after completing upper secondary education with statutory rights as a young person.
As of the 2021-2022 academic year, the basis for how much support you can receive changes and will now be based on credits rather than the duration of your studies in years. From the autumn of 2021, the studies you have received support for, measured in credits or equivalent, will be the determining factor and not how long you have received support for.
You can receive support to take a total of 480 credits or equivalent. This is equivalent to eight years of full-time studies. Support for upper secondary education without statutory rights as a young person counts towards how much support you can receive in total.
You must have a study place before applying, and you may apply no earlier then mid-May. The final deadline for applying is
- 15 November for the entire year or just the autumn semester
- 15 March for the spring semester
Most applications are processed within 24 hours, but more complex cases can take a long time to process. Make sure you apply as early as possible, so that the money is in your account when the semester starts.
The loan is free of interest for as long as you are receiving loans for full-time education
In order for the loan to be free of interest and instalments, you must be taking a student loan for full-time education. When you no longer receive a student loan or go from full- to part-time studies, interest will accrue on the loan and you must start repayments. It will take around seven months from the last time you received a student loan from us until you receive the first bill.