General terms and conditions for receiving loans and grants

There are some general conditions you must meet to be eligible for loans and grants from Lånekassen.

You can receive grants and loans for a total of eight years

The rule applies even if you have repaid previous loans. If you have received loans and grants from public schemes in other countries, this period is included in the eight years.

Upper secondary education or primary and lower secondary education you have taken with statutory rights as a young person, are not included in the eight years. In other words, you may receive loans and grants for eight years in addition to the years in which you took ordinary upper secondary education.

If your education has been delayed because you were ill, had children or because you have a disability, you may nevertheless receive support for more than eight years.

You must be admitted to an approved education

All study programmes at Norwegian universities and public university colleges are approved for loans and grants, as well as most private university colleges, such as BI. If you are unsure of whether your education is approved for loans and grants, you can ask us or see the summary of accredited institutions at NOKUT.

Foreign citizens

The main rule is that you are a Norwegian citizen with a connection to Norway
Read more about foreign citizens and affiliation to Norway.

You must usually be a Norwegian citizen to qualify for support to study abroad. Subject to certain conditions, we may make exceptions for citizens from EEA or EFTA countries and their family members.

You cannot be above 65 years of age

There is no lower age limit for student loans. However, if you are above the age of 50, you will receive less grants and loans, and if you are above the age of 70, you are not eligible for grants and loans.

You must not have defaulted on previous student loans

If you have failed to meet your payment obligations on previous student loans or have violated the duty of disclosure, you may not qualify for grants and loans for more education.

It is only when we have processed your application for grants and loans that you will be notified of whether you are qualified for new support.

You cannot be delayed by more than one year

f you are delayed by more than 60 credits, you will receive no further loans or grants

Read the regulations (Norwegian only)