Upper secondary school

Applies to those who have statutory rights as a young person

Veileder utstyrsstipend

Does your family have a particularly strained economy?

If your parents have very low income, you may be entitled to more grant.

If the combined annual salary for both parents is more than NOK 700,480 you are not entitled to this grant regardless of your family situation. If you have less than three siblings or if one your parents have new spouse or cohabitant, the income limit is lower.

Will you be living separately from your parents?

If don't live at home when attending upper secondary education, you may in som cases qualify for a housing grant:

  • The distance between parental home and school is more than 40 kilometres, or
  • You spend more than three hours per day travelling between your parents’ home and school, or
  • There are conditions that prevent you from living at home
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Pupil in Norway

Everyone attending upper secondary education may receive a grant from Lånekassen.

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.

Common grants

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.

Application deadlines

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
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Are you required to pay tuition fees?

You may borrow up to
NOK 27,794
per year

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.

International schools

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 96,619 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 (Norwegian only).

Do your parents live far away?

Distance Grant
130 km NOK 242
350 km NOK 2,448
700 km NOK 4,611

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 2020–2021

  • NOK 1.86 per kilometre for the first 300 kilometres
  • NOK 1.03 per kilometre for the next 301-1,500 kilometres
  • NOK 0.37 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 1,209 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?

You may borrow up to
NOK 3,323
per month if you live away from home

If you are above the age of 18 and don’t live with your parents, you may borrow up to NOK 3,323 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 an ordinary grant and check the box indicating that you are living away from home, you are asked if you also want to apply for a loan.

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