Online studies

You may be eligible for support for Norwegian online studies and additional loans for tuition fees for online studies in EEA countries.

Can I get support for online studies?

Lånekassen does not provide support for international online studies. The basic principles for support for online studies are:
  • you will be eligible for ordinary support for online studies at Norwegian educational institutions
  • you will only be eligible for additional loans for tuition fees for online-only studies in other EEA countries
  • you may be eligible for additional loans for tuition fees for the standard period for your programme of study if you started online degree studies in the United Kingdom before 2021
  • the educational institutions must be approved for support from Lånekassen

Online studies at a Norwegian educational institution

You may receive support in accordance with the same rules applicable to pupils and students who are taking campus-based studies.

Which programmes of study are eligible for support?

Online studies in Norway are eligible for educational support in accordance with the same rules applicable to other programmes of study. This means that online studies at universities and university colleges are generally eligible for support, provided that the studies have a duration of at least one semester.

If you are undertaking vocational education, the programme of study in question will be assessed by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). Not all vocational education and education at upper secondary school level are eligible for support from Lånekassen.

If your programme of study is included in the application, this means that the programme has been approved for support.

What does it take to get support?

In addition to the programme of study being eligible, you also need to meet the general requirements for support. Among other things, this means that you cannot be more than one year behind in your programme of study, you cannot be more than 65 years of age and you cannot receive support for more than eight years in total.

In addition to fulfilling the general conditions, you also need to fulfil the requirements concerning links to Norway.

How much can I receive?

If you are taking online studies that are eligible for support, you will receive support in accordance with the same rules applicable to those who take campus-based studies.

You can calculate how much support you could receive by selecting the programme of study on this page.

Please note that your support will be reduced if you study part-time. If, for example, you are studying 70 per cent of full-time studies, you will receive 70 per cent of the maximum support.

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Online studies at an educational institution in another EEA country

You can only get additional loans for tuition fees for online studies abroad.

If you are taking online studies at an educational institution in an EEA country other than Norway, you may be eligible for an additional loan for tuition fees of up to NOK 68,136 per academic year. This means that you cannot get any other support from Lånekassen. It is also not possible to have any part of the loan converted to a grant.

Only programmes of study that are at the same level as higher education in Norway will be eligible for an additional loan for tuition fees. In other words, you cannot receive support for programmes of study that do not correspond to higher education in Norway and also not for programmes of study at educational institutions outside of the EEA.

Which programmes of study are eligible for support?

In order to be eligible for loans for online studies at an educational institution in an EEA country, the programme of study must fulfil the following requirements

  • The programme of study can be approved by NOKUT as equal to studies at Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD level in Norway.

    The programme of study can also be pre-approved as part of studies you are taking in Norway by a university, scientific university college or university college.
  • The programme of study must take place online only. Seminar-based studies do not carry eligibility for support from Lånekassen.

Online studies in the United Kingdom

If you have already started degree studies in the United Kingdom that take place online only before 31/12/2020, you may be eligible for tuition fees for as long as the standard period for the programme of study. We do not offer loans for online studies in the United Kingdom that start after 01/01/2021. The reason for this is that the United Kingdom will exit the EU in 2021.

How much can I receive?

You may receive up to NOK 68,136 per academic year to pay tuition fees, but you will only receive a loan for the amount that is actually payable. This means that you will not be eligible for a loan from Lånekassen if you do not pay tuition fees.

If you are studying part-time, you will receive less in an additional loan for tuition fees. The maximum loan you may be eligible for will be reduced in proportion to your part-time study percentage. If, for example, you study 70 per cent of full time studies, you may be eligible for 70 per cent of the full additional loan for tuition fees.

What does it take to get the loan?

In addition to the programme of study being eligible, you also need to meet the general requirements for support. Among other things, this means that you cannot be more than one year behind in your programme of study, you cannot be more than 65 years of age and you cannot receive support for more than eight years in total. There is also a requirement that you must have general study competence.

Read more about the general conditions for support from Lånekassen.

In addition to fulfilling the general conditions, you also need to fulfil the requirements concerning links to Norway.

What documentation do I need to submit?

When applying for the additional loan for tuition fees, you must enclose the following documentation

  • An unconditional offer from the educational institution. The offer letter must specify the programme of study you will be taking and the scope of the programme (number of ECTS/credits per semester)
  • Confirmation of the amount you will have to pay in tuition fees
  • A certificate from an upper secondary school confirming that you have general study competence.
  • If you need to submit documentation relating to your links to Norway, you will be informed of what you need to submit in the application.
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