Norway seeks to support students to cover electricity costs

Students who are able to provide written evidence of their electricity costs will be able to apply for an additional loan this winter

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The Norwegian Government has announced plans to provide support to students to cover their electricity costs.

Students at universities, university colleges, vocational schools and adult students at upper secondary level who are able to provide written evidence of their electricity costs will be able to apply for the additional loan of NOK3,000 (£251).

Around 40% of the additional loan, equivalent to NOK1,200 (£100), will be converted into a grant.

The additional loan and grant will be available through the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund as early as January.

They are being provided as students are said to be one of a number of groups of people who have been affected by the price of electricity this winter.

Ola Borten Moe (Centre Party), Minister of Research and Higher Education said: “Students, particularly in Southern Norway, have been facing high prices for electricity in autumn and winter. This is an additional expense that many people are finding challenging.

“This is why the government will be introducing measures aimed specifically at students.”

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