Statutory rights as a young person

Statutory rights as a young person means being entitled to upper secondary education. Whether you have statutory rights as a young person affects which types of grants and loans you are entitled to.

Who has statutory rights as a young person?

Most of the pupils between 16 and 19 years old who are attending ordinary upper secondary education or are apprentices have statutory rights as a young person. This means that you are entitled to upper secondary education for three years, or more years if the education takes longer. The right applies until the end of the school year that starter the year in which you turn 24 years of age.

You have statutory rights as a young person pursuant to Section 3-1 of the Education Act. It is not Lånekassen who determines whether you have statutory rights as a young person, we are informed of this by your school.

What does having statutory rights as a young person mean in Lånekassen?

When you have statutory rights as a young person, you receive a lower amount than students in university and university college education, and everything, or most of what you receive is a grant. Some grants are means-tested against your parents’ income.

This is regulated by Section 2 of the Regulation on Educational Subsidies.

Who does not have statutory rights as a young person?

If you have exhausted the statutory rights as a young person or are above the age of 24, you no longer have statutory rights as a young person. This may be the case if you are retaking subjects or attending a new upper secondary education.

What does not having statutory rights as a young person mean in Lånekassen?

When you don’t have statutory rights as a young person, you receive loans and grants according to the rules for university and university college education.

Most people receive more funds than those with statutory rights as a young person.

When you don’t have statutory rights as a young person and apply for loans and grants from Lånekassen, most will be loans, not grants. A proportion of the loan may be converted to a grant if you meet certain conditions, but you are required to repay most of the loan.

You can receive support to take a total of 480 credits or equivalent if you do not have statutory rights as a young person. This is the equivalent of eight years of full-time studies.

This is regulated by Section 3 of the Regulation on Educational Subsidies.