If you are under 18, one of your parents or your guardian must sign an agreement for support. Parents or guardians must log in to sign the agreement for you.
Upper secondary school
If you don't live at home when attending upper secondary education, you may in some cases qualify for a housing grant:
- The distance between parental home and school is 40 kilometres or more, or
- You spend three hours or more per day travelling between your parents’ home and school, or
- There are conditions that prevent you from living at home
If your parents have a strained economy, you may be entitled to more grant.
The limits for how low your parents' income must be vary. This is because this also affects whether you can receive an income-dependent grant:
- whether your parents live together
- whether your parents have new partners
- how many siblings you have
Pupil in Norway
You must have a study place before applying. Most only receive a grant for course materials, but some also receive a housing grant and income-dependent grant.
Grants are not to be repaid
Grants are not the same as student loans, that students in university and university college education receive. Grants are funds you receive and are not required to repay.
The exception is if you receive more grant than you are entitled to. In this case, you must repay the excess. This may for example happen if you quit in the middle of the school year.
The grant for course materials shall contribute to cover your needs for equipment on the course you are taking, such as for example a PC of cookery clothing. How much you receive depends on the course you are taking. Everyone is entitled to the grant, but you must remember to apply.
There is also a grant for those who cannot live at home, have a long way to school or come from low-income families. You must meet certain conditions to receive such grants.
Statutory rights as a young person
Most of those taking ordinary upper secondary education after lower secondary school have statutory rights as a young person.
You must have a study place before applying. The same deadlines apply to all grants:
- 15 November for the entire year or just the autumn semester
- 15 March for the spring semester
Are you required to pay tuition fees?
If you will be attending a private upper secondary school where a tuition fee is required, you may also receive a tuition fee loan.
You are entitled to the loan regardless of how much your parents earn, but if others are paying all or part of the tuition fee for you, you must let us know.
This is a loan you must repay.
How to apply
There is no separate application for tuition fee loans. If you intend to attend a school where tuition fees are required, you will be asked if you want a loan for tuition fees in the ordinary grant and loan application.
If you will be attending an international school, you may receive a grant for partial coverage of tuition fees. The grant is for up to 85 per cent of tuition fees, but you may only receive NOK 107,875 per year. The school must verify that you pay tuition fees.
Go to the application for grants for partial coverage of tuition fees at international schools (P-skjema - Norwegian only).
Do your parents live far away?
If you live away from home and there is a long distance from where your parents live and the school, you may receive a travel grant. Above are som examples of the size of the travel grant you can receive for a full year.
The size of the travel grant depends on how many kilometres there are between where your parents live and your school.
Rates in 2023–2024
- NOK 2.07 per kilometre for the first 300 kilometres
- NOK 1.15 per kilometre for the next 301-1,500 kilometres
- NOK 0.41 per kilometre for kilometres exceeding 1,500 kilometres
You are entitled to support for three return trips per year, but we deduct an excess of NOK 1,350 in total.
What should the travel grant cover?
The travel grant is a supplement for those with a long distance to travel. It is not intended to cover all of the actual travel expenses you have, or to cover the costs you have for travelling to and from school.
How to apply
There is no separate application for travel grants. When you apply for an ordinary grant and check the box indicating that you are living away from home, we check if you are entitled to a travel grant.
Are you above the age of 18 and want to take out a loan?
If you are above the age of 18 and don’t live with your parents, you may borrow up to NOK 3,710 per month.
The loan is not means-tested against income. This means that you can receive the loan regardless of how much you or your parents earn.
The loan must be repaid
This is a loan you must repay. When you no longer receive grants and loans from Lånekassen, interest accrues on the loan and you must repay it. You must pay the entire loan plus interest, but you repay it in monthly instalments.
How to apply
There is no separate application for loans. When you apply for grants and check the box indicating that you are living away from home, you are asked if you also want to apply for a loan.