We give you answers to the most common questions many have about Elverum Folk High School.

  • At Musikk - Band / Vokal it is a prerequisite that you can play an instrument (vocals are considered an instrument) or work with music production digitally.  
  • At Snowboard / Freeski, basic skills are an advantage.
  • The handball line is suitable for you who are an active handball player at the 1st, 2nd or 3rd division senior level. Or is an active U-20 (19/18) series player and has experience from Bring- (16) or Lerøy series games (18).
  • On the other lines, no prior knowledge / skills are required.

Elverum FHS has a lower age limit of 18 years. As the pupils are 18 years or older, this means that the school has a duty of confidentiality. This also applies to parents. If information is to be provided, the school must be released from the student's duty of confidentiality.

The admission of students starts on 1 February. We send out the offer by email. Applicants have two weeks to say yes or no to the place. Every year we have a very large number of applicants, and more than we have room for on most lines. In order to have a greater chance of getting a place on a specific line, it is a good idea to apply early and have a complete application with all relevant attachments.

You can apply for a school place from 1 October, admission starts on 1 February, and we send out offers continuously until all lines are full. There is no application deadline, and admission continues as long as there are vacancies.

  • Yes, you get a diploma.
  • Yes, you get two additional points for the folk high school year. But to get the points, you can have no more than 10 percent absence.

It all depends on your own consumption. Try to set up your own consumption today of hygiene / toiletries, mobile subscriptions, snacks, tobacco products etc, then you will probably find a fairly correct answer.

  • YES, the school is approved by the State Loan Fund for education, so you can get a full loan and scholarship. For the school year 2020/2021, you can be paid up to NOK 112 290 from the loan fund. 60% of this sum is a loan, while 40% is a loan that can be converted into a scholarship when you get approved for your year at folk high school. To get a loan converted into a scholarship, you cannot have 10% or more absence.
  • You can receive support from the Loan Fund for up to 8 years.
  • You do not need an attachment to apply for a loan and scholarship from Lånekassen, - but remember to apply as early as possible!
  • The loan fund processes your application as soon as it has been submitted, but the payment does not start until you have attended school.
  • Loans and scholarships will be used to pay for the school year. If you choose to leave school during the school year, you must pay for six weeks after the date you canceled your school place. This is a common scheme for all folk high schools.
  • We remind you that full loans and scholarships from Lånekassen do not cover all tuition fees. In the table below you see how much you have to pay from your own funds on the various lines, with bathroom in the room or in the hallway.
LineRoom typePrice in addition to loans / scholarships
Africa - Aid / SafariBath in progress25 370 -
Bathroom in room32 210 -
Backpacker / Extreme sportsBath in progress22 110 -
Bathroom in room28 950 -
Photo / ExperiencesBath in progress13 510 -
Bathroom in room20 350 -
FriluftslivBath in progress10 310 -
Bathroom in room17 150 -
HandballBath in progress10 310 -
Bathroom in room17 150 -
Art / ExperiencesBath in progress10 310 -
Bathroom in room17 150 -
Music - Production / FestivalBath in progress10 310 -
Bathroom in room17 150 -
Norwegian - Culture / AdventureBath in progress10 310 -
Bathroom in room17 150 -
Snowboard / FreeskiBath in progress16 210 -
Bathroom in room23 050 -

There are no additional expenses except for students on Africa Aid / Safari, for vaccination prior to travel to Africa. It will vary from person to person what vaccines they want, what they already have, and thus what they have to take and what they have to pay.

In the agreement on school places, the responsibility for punctual payment lies with you as an adult, regardless of whether you finance the school year through savings, loans, or money you receive from, for example, parents.

visiting address

Elverum Folk High School
Strandbygdveien 143
2409 Elverum

mailing address

Elverum Folk High School
PO 1629
2409 Elverum

To have mail sent to the school, ask the sender to use the postal address and mark the consignment with your name.

The pandemic is still a topic, but at folk high school you can be social!

We have written a blog post to answer how the coronavirus affects folk high school life.

No we have not. We have teachers who follow the students closely, and who are well used to talking to young adults. If there is a need for follow-up beyond this, we refer to the health service, in the same way as we do if someone gets physical ailments.

  • Yes, students can be visited by friends or family who do not go to school.
  • For guests, all the same rules apply as for students.
  • The guest must pay for accommodation and all meals he eats at school.
  • Accommodation must be agreed with the boarding school manager. As a general rule, it is not possible to spend the night in a student room.
  • The student is financially responsible for his guest.

At Elverum Folk High School, we are concerned with giving you varied and good food - whether you are vegan, vegetarian, have a diet or not. We have created a separate page with an example of a weekly menu and much more here:

No, the school is closed on all holidays.

  • Autumn holiday: October 2 at 15.00 - October 12 at 07.00
  • Christmas holiday: December 17 at 12.00 - January 6 at 07.00
  • Winter holiday 26 February at 15.00 - March 8 at 07.00
  • Easter holiday March 26 at 15.00 - April 7 at 07.00

  • Saturdays are usually school day. The school year is compressed so that it lasts from 23.8.2020 to 13.5.2021. 
  • Sundays are usually free, but in the theme weeks there is also school on Sunday. Some other exceptions may also occur.
  • Mandatory attendance is usually finished at 13.00 on Saturdays, and you can arrange the rest of the weekend as you wish. Note that there are often social events at school on the weekends, which you are advised to attend.
  • Yes, you can get leave. An application for leave is sent to an inspector who processes it on the basis of current absence regulations. One can, for example, be given leave with a valid absence to travel to celebrate a birthday at the turn of the year in close family, wedding, doctor, specialist or dentist class. Such absence appears on the diploma, but gives the opportunity to travel.
  • If you have work as a shop steward, are to do political work, relief work, statutory meetings, representation in events at national or international level, for example in sports or culture, you will be given leave on application to an inspector. Such absence does not appear on the diploma.

In Norway, there are Christian and free-spirited folk high schools. Elverum FHS is free-spirited, and is not affiliated with any religious organization.

At Elverum Folk High School, students should experience that they are seen and have value regardless of religion, orientation, gender, culture, political opinion, background or disability.

You can read all the school's rules in our student handbook.