Supplemental benefits are in addition to any subsistence benefits you receive.

These may include work assessment allowance, employment scheme benefits, unemployment benefits, if you participate in the Qualification Programme,if you receive transitional benefits for single mothers or fathers, or you receive benefits for surviving spouses or previous family caretakers.

Who can receive supplemental benefits? 

If you are in a work-oriented activity in order to get work or keep your work, or if you are undergoing work-oriented assessment, you may be entitled to supplemental benefits. This also applies if you are registered with NAV as a real job seeker.

To be eligible for supplemental benefits, you must also meet at least one of the conditions below:

  • You have impaired work capability due to illness and are participating in an employment scheme.
  • You are a single parent and are taking an approved education or are registered with NAV as a real job seeker, and you meet the criteria for transitional allowance.
  • You are a former family carer and are taking an approved education.
  • You are a surviving spouse and are taking an approved education or are registered with NAV as a real job seeker as an occupational activity.
  • You are participating in an employment market scheme.
  • You are a job seeker and are without work in the place you live through no fault of your own. In this case, you can receive benefit to travel and relocate.

What can you receive?

Supplemental benefits can be granted to cover documented expenses related to

  • travel expenses
  • childcare and care and supervision of family members
  • learning materials
  • housing and accommodation
  • relocation

Travel expenses 

If you are participating in an employment scheme, undergoing work-oriented assessment or taking education that has been approved by NAV, you can receive benefit to cover

  • daily travel
  • travel to mandatory gatherings
  • travel in connection with the start-up and conclusion of the activity and trips home

Minimum 6 kilometres each way

To qualify to have your daily travel expenses covered, the distance you need to travel between your home and the location of the scheme or education must be 6 kilometres or more each way. NAV may make exceptions based on your health. You will need to provide documentation if you believe you qualify for exemption from the 6 kilometre rule.

Mandatory gatherings

Travel in connection with attending a mandatory gathering must be at least 30 kilometres each way between your home and the location of your activity for you to qualify to have your travel expenses covered.

NAV will cover the cheapest form of travel. NAV can approve use of your own vehicle if there is no public transport available or it is not practically possible for you to use public transport. In this case, your necessary expenses linked to tolls, parking, etc. can also be covered. In exceptional cases, taxi expenses may be covered.

Daily travel using your own car

People who are granted an allowance for daily travel using their own vehicle must document the expenses by submitting a digital driving list online at nav.no.
This means that you can send the information to NAV electronically by logging into your personal page “Ditt NAV”. The digital driving list simplifies processing and ensures efficient reimbursement of expenses when you use your own car.

Travel expenses to get work elsewhere

If you are without work through no fault of your own and cannot find work in the place you live, you may be entitled to an allowance in connection with

  • follow-up to find work
  • a job interview in a place other than the place you live
  • starting to work in a new workplace

You must apply to have your expenses covered before the trip or the move is made. Payment will be made when NAV receives receipts documenting your expenses.

The travel distance must be 50 kilometres or more each way for you to be able to have your travel expenses covered. In NAV’s assessment of whether you are unemployed through no fault of your own, we will not attach importance to anything that occurred further back in time than 8 weeks.

NAV will cover the cheapest form of travel. NAV can approve use of your own vehicle if there is no public transport available or it is not practically possible for you to use public transport. In this case, your necessary expenses linked to tolls, parking, etc. can also be covered. In exceptional cases, taxi expenses may be covered. 

You can have your expenses related to travel covered if you are willing to start working somewhere else in Norway, the Nordic region or another EU/EEA country. If you have any questions, contact NAV on telephone (+47) 55 55 33 33.

Childcare and care/supervision of other family members

If you have impaired work capability due to illness or are a single parent, former family caregiver or surviving spouse, and are participating in an employment scheme, undergoing work-oriented assessment or taking approved education, you can receive an allowance for childcare and an allowance for the care and supervision of other family members. If you are a single parent or surviving spouse, you may be entitled to have supervision expenses covered if you are registered with NAV as a real job seeker.

If both parents are participating in occupational activities, only one of the parents will receive the childcare allowance.

If you or another/other affected family members is participating in an occupational activity, only one of the affected family members will receive the care allowance.

The care allowance (childcare or care/supervision of another/other members of one's family) is paid according to specific rates established for these benefits. If you receive a childcare allowance for more than one child, you shall receive a higher rate for one of the children than for the others.

Please refer to our list of rates for supplemental benefits.

Learning materials 

If you have impaired work capability due to illness or are a single parent, former family caregiver or surviving spouse, and are participating in an employment scheme at a school, course, business or approved education and you are not entitled to free learning materials pursuant to other regulations, NAV can cover your necessary expenses for learning materials. 

The allowance you can receive for learning materials depends on your level of education and whether you are studying full time or part time.

If you are a pupil in upper secondary education with a statutory right to upper secondary education and training for young people, you will probably get free learning materials and an equipment grant from the county authority. You will therefore not be entitled to have your learning materials expenses covered through supplemental benefit from NAV.

If you are a pupil in upper secondary education with a statutory right to upper secondary education and training for adults, an apprentice, or training candidate, you do not have the same entitlement to learning materials from the county authority and can have your learning materials expenses covered through supplemental benefit from NAV.

You are yourself responsible for deciding how the money is spent. The amount you receive should cover expenses for textbooks, exercise books, photocopying, internet, computer software, and other educational materials. The amount you receive should also cover work materials in connection with practical training or taking a trade certificate, such as flowers, metal, tools, personal protective equipment, workwear, etc.

If your expenses on books and learning materials are particularly high compared with other students due to a disability, you can have your actual expenses on learning materials covered.

Tuition fees, semester fees, and examination fees are not covered by the allowance for learning materials.

Housing and accommodation 

If you have impaired work capability due to illness or are a single parent, former family caregiver or surviving spouse, and are participating in an employment scheme, undergoing work-oriented assessment or taking education that has been approved by NAV, you can have any necessary extra expenses for housing or accommodation covered. NAV can cover expenses for housing or overnight accommodation that are in addition to your housing expenses in your home location, or expenses you have because your living expenses at the location of the scheme are higher than your previous living expenses in your home location.

If you are entitled to housing support pursuant to the Housing Support Act, you are not entitled to support for the same living expenses through NAV.

If you have higher extra housing expenses compared with other people in the same situation as you due to a disability, you can have your actual expenses covered.

Expenses for housing and accommodation must be documented by means of, for example, a rental contract, an overview of the interest expenses on your loan for housing, electricity, or hotel, motel or cabin expenses. 

Relocation

If you have impaired work capability due to illness or are a single parent, former family caregiver or surviving spouse, and you need to move from the place you live in order to participate in an employment scheme or take approved education, you can have your relocation expenses covered. You can also have your relocation expenses covered if you are unemployed and need to move from the place you live in order to accept an offer of work in another place. You must apply to have the expenses covered before you move.

You can choose to use a removal company or do it yourself.
If you are using a removal company, you must obtain two written estimates. You can have the lowest offer covered.

If you obtain offers from removal companies and then decide to do it yourself, you can have necessary relocation expenses covered up to the amount in the lowest offer.

You may be granted a reimbursement to cover travel costs, if you take work at a new place in Norway, a Nordic country or another  EU/EEA country. If you have questions, please Call NAV +47 55 55 33 33.

How do you apply for supplemental benefits?

The application for supplemental benefits is available online, using our digital application form (nav.no).

If you are in work-related activity, you can apply for supplemental benefit. Normally you will get benefit from the day you applied. 

In some cases, we can grant back-payment of supplemental benefit for up to three months. You need to apply before we can assess whether you are entitled to this.

Apply for supplemental benefits 

Discontinued benefits

You must participate actively in an occupational activity to be eligible for supplemental benefits. Your benefits/allowances will be discontinued if you fail to complete your occupational activity.

Notify NAV about changes

Issues such as changes to family situation or if you plan to spend time abroad may be of significance to the amount you receive from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV). You are obligated to notify NAV as soon as you are aware of any of these changes or situations.

Payments

Supplemental benefits are not disbursed on a monthly basis. 

Read more about Payment dates, holiday pay and tax withholding

You can check disbursements at this link: Dine utbetalinger.

Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, som of this information is only available in Norwegian.