Income-linked loan contracts in a Norwegian perspective : case : Norwegian State Education Loan Fund (NSELF)
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- Master Thesis 
This thesis approaches the Norwegian State Education Loan Funds repayment scheme for student loans. I light of a more digitized Norway it is reasonable to assess more sophisticated approaches to student loan repayment. Income-linked loan schemes basically let graduates repay their student loans as fraction of their income rather then as function of their principal debt. Meaning you that you repay your loan as a percentage of your income, and thus let your payments follow your income growth. This has rather attractive feature of giving low-income earners better liquidity in the first phase of their career. Hence reducing the risk of large student loans for the borrower and reducing the chance of default for the lender. The focus of this thesis will be on the repayment scheme. All other aspects of student loans will only be presented if appropriate. I will begin this thesis with an introduction of income-linked loans as well as a presentation of the current history of such repayment schemes in other countries. Thereafter I will introduction the current theory and discuss a possible Norwegian application of such a scheme. I will further analyze how such a repayment scheme would have turned out if it had been employ by the Norwegian State Education Loan Fund in the seventies. Finally I will suggest a pragmatic solution to individualizing such fractions of income in a way that follows an individual’s income growth.