Studying in Norway
All students receive basic support
All students can receive basic support, and this is what most people call a student loan. 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.
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.