Guide for Applying Educational Loan
Student loans also known as Education loans or higher education loans are financial aids provided by the Private financial institutions, Banks and Government organization to help the needy but otherwise eligible students to attain higher education in reputed professional institutes. It is designed to help students pay for college tuition, books, and living expenses. Unlike other financial aids like scholarships, grants, and stipends, a student loan must be repaid by the recipient although with some ease than the other loans. Most of these loans are to be repaid after the completion of the course of education.
Some two decades ago, it used to be a big question in the minds of the middle-class families how to fund higher education to their otherwise intelligent and desiring wards. There were a few government aids in the form of scholarships etc. but those were too few to give a chance to many. Gone are the times when one had to run from pillar to post to borrow money to fund his/her study. Today we have the facility of bank loans for education; thanks to the government’s policies which enable a deserving candidate the ever important higher/professional education.
How it helps?
Education costs, especially for higher education, have increased to such an extent in the last couple of decades that it has become tough for not only the middle class but also upper middle class to bear the educational expenses by their own. Thus, student’s loans come in handy for people with financial constraints to a large extent.Majority of us require student educational loans either for higher studies in the country or for overseas professional studies in the developed countries.Although these students’ educational loans have made the distant dream of higher education a practical reality yet the applicants should keep in mind that paying off student loans is a responsibility of students although after completing their education.
Points to be noted before Applying
The first thing you need to determine before applying for a student loan is how much amount you have, and how much more would you need to take the loan to meet your requirement taking into consideration the tuition fee as well as boarding and lodging expenses, etc. Thus, before taking the loan all the possible expenses should be calculated precisely.
After determining how much loan you really require meeting all your expenses the second thing to finalize is the type of loan you should take.
Types of Loans
Broadly student loans can be classified into two main categories i.e. Government loans also known as federal loans (in USA) provided by Government banks or other government financial institutes and Private loans i.e loans provided by private institutions.
Usually Government loans are preferred by the Students largely because of lesser rate of interest.
Besides these loans are highly subsidized by the Governments to encourage students for higher studies, More over these loans require the interest to be paid after completion of education and that too in easy to pay installment.
Students or their parents may also consider obtaining an education loan from a private institution. But before going for this option you should carefully check the reputation of the financial institutions and look for those institutions giving loans at competitive interest rates. A thorough research on all the terms and conditions regarding the payback etc should be done before going for such loans.
Once decided the amount of education loan and the agency from which to sanction this loan there comes the question how to get the loan.
How to apply?
The first thing you need to determine before applying for a student loan is how much amount you have, and how much more would you need to take as loan to meet your requirement taking into consideration the tuition fee as well as boarding and lodging expenses, etc. Thus before taking the loan all the possible expenses should be calculated precisely.
After determining how much loan you really require to meet all your expenses the second thing to finalize is the type of loan you should take.
Details of student education loan provided by State Bank of India
(One of the largest Public Sector bank of India)
|Purposes for which a student can apply for education loan are||Eligibility for apply Student education loan|
|1. Tuition and other fees||1. Should be an Indian citizen.|
|2. Maintenance costs, books & equipment, etc.||2. Secured admission to professional/ technical courses through Entrance Test/ Selection process|
|3. Cost of passage (for studies abroad)||3. Secured admission to foreign university/ Institution|
|4. Caution fund/building fund/refundable deposit.|
|Maximum amount of education loan||Margin|
|Although educational loan is subject to the need of the individual repaying capacity of the parents/ students yet there are following margins and ceilings.||Up to Rs.4 lacs: No margin|
|1. Studies in India – Maximum Rs.7.50 lacs2. Studies Abroad – Maximum Rs.15 lacks||1. Studies in India: 5% 2. Studies Abroad: 15%|
Student Loan rate of Interest
State bank of India apply lowest interest on the students loan provided by it.
|Amount of Student education loan||Interest Rate|
|1. Loans upto Rs.4 lakhs||1. 12.00 % p.a.|
|2. Loans over Rs.4 lakhs||2. 13.00 % p.a|
While interest is not required to be paid during moratorium period, payment of the same before start of repayment would entitle you to concession in interest rate applied during the repayment holiday.
Repayment of loan
Repayment Holiday – Course period + 1 year or 6 months after getting job, whichever is earlier.The loan to be repaid in 5-7 years after commencement of repayment Prepayments permitted without any penalty.