Supplementary tuition grants
The Supplementary Student Grant Scheme covers fees charged for certain high-quality courses of study in other countries, when these are higher than the normal levels of fee payment grants.
Basis of evaluation
On behalf of the Ministry of Education and Research (KD), ISU draws up proposals for the list of courses of study that qualify for supplementary student grants. The list is drawn up in accordance with clear and unambiguous quality criteria.
National ranking lists are used as the basis for the list. Lists drawn up by journalists are not taken into account.
Taking KD's definition of higher education as “research-based education” as a point of departure, and given that KD prioritises higher degrees for the supplementary grants scheme, the list includes only research-intensive universities. The institutions on the list are included with all their courses at all levels, as long as their fees are higher than those supported by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (NOK 111,710 in the 2010 – 2011 academic year).
The list of institutions comprises four countries:
The selection is made on the basis of a ranking list drawn up by The Melbourne institute, in addition to high fees charged for certain courses of study.
Canada does not have generally recognised national ranking lists. The institutions on the list are distinguished for their high level of awards of research funds as ranked by Research Infosource Inc., and for their high fees for many courses of study.
The British institutions have been selected on the basis of the results of The Research Assessment Excercise 2008 (RAE), a survey performed by the Higher Education Funding Council in England, Scotland and Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland.
The list of institutions in the USA has been drawn up on the basis of two lists:
- Top American Research Universities 2008 fra ”The Center for Measuring Univeristy Perfomance”
- The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (Doctoral/Research Universities – Basic)
All the institutions listed by SIU are classified as RU/VH (Research Universities, Very High), which is to say, broadly-based universities with an extremely high level of research activity. The methods used by SIU in making its final choice also take Norwegian demand and continuity into account to a certain extent.
Very high-quality studies in other countries either do not charge fees or exceptionally, such very high fees that they lie outwith the framework for supplementary student grants.