The Educational Loan aims at providing financial support from the banking system to deserving or meritorious students for pursuing higher education in India and abroad. No deserving student is denied an opportunity of getting Educational Loan to pursue higher education in India and abroad.

Eligibility Criteria:

Student eligibility:

  • Should be an Indian National
  • Secured admission to professional/ technical courses in India or Abroad through Entrance Test/ Merit Based Selection process.

Courses eligible

a. Studies in India:

  • Graduation courses: BA, B.Com., B.Sc., etc.
  • Post Graduation courses: Masters & Ph.D.
  • Professional courses: Engineering, Medical, Agriculture, Veterinary, Law, Dental, Management, Computer etc.
  • Computer certificate courses of reputed institutes accredited to Dept. of Electronics or institutes affiliated to university.
  • Courses like ICWA, CA, CFA etc.
  • Courses conducted by IIM, IIT, IISc, XLRI. NIFT etc.
  • Regular Degree/Diploma courses like Aeronautical, pilot training, shipping etc., approved by Director General of Civil Aviation/Shipping, if the course is pursued in India. In case the course is pursued abroad, the Institute should be recognized by the competent local aviation/shipping authority
  • Courses offered in India by reputed foreign universities.
  • Evening courses of approved institutes.
  • Other courses leading to diploma/ degree etc. conducted by colleges/ universities approved by UGC/ Govt./ AICTE/ AIBMS/ ICMR etc
  • Courses offered by National Institutes and other reputed private institutions.
  • Courses, which are not covered under the criteria mentioned above, individual banks may take a view to consider extending

b. Studies abroad:

  • Graduation : For job oriented professional/ technical
  • Courses offered by reputed universities.
  • Post graduation: MCA, MBA, MS, etc.
  • Courses conducted by CIMA- London, CPA in USA etc.

Expenses considered for loan:

  • Fee payable to college/ school/ hostel.
  • Examination/ Library/ Laboratory fee.
  • Purchase of books/ equipments/ instruments/ uniforms.
  • Caution deposit, Building fund/refundable deposit supported by Institution bills/receipts, subject to the condition that the amount does not exceed 10% of the total tuition fees for the entire course.
  • Travel expenses/ passage money for studies abroad.
  • Purchase of computers – essential for completion of the course.
  • Insurance premium for student borrower
  • Any other expense required to complete the course – like study tours, project work, thesis, etc.

QUANTUM OF FINANCE:

Need based finance subject to repaying capacity of the parents/ students with margin and the following ceilings.

  • Studies in India – Maximum Rs.10 lacs.
  • Studies abroad – Maximum Rs.20 lacs.

MARGIN:

Up to Rs 4 lacs – Nil

Above Rs. 4 lacs: Studies in India – 5%

Above Rs. 4 lacs: Studies abroad – 15%

– Scholarship/ assistantship to be included in margin.
– Margin may be brought-in on year-to-year basis as and when disbursements are
made on a pro-rata basis.

SECURITY:

  • Up to Rs. 4 lacs – Co-obligation of parents. No security
  • Above Rs.4 lacs and up to Rs7.5 lakhs – Co-obligation of parents together with collateral security in the form of suitable third party guarantee. The bank may, at its discretion, in exceptional cases, waive third party guarantee if satisfied with the net-worth / means of parents who would be executing the document as “joint borrower”.
  • Above Rs.7.5 lakhs – Co-obligation of parents together with tangible collateral security of suitable value, along with the assignment of future income of the student for payment of installments

NOTE:

  • The loan documents should be executed by the student and the parent/ guardian as joint-borrower.
  • The security can be in the form of land/ building/ Govt. securities/ Public Sector Bonds/Units of UTI, NSC, KVP, life policy, gold, shares/mutual fund units/debentures, bank deposit in the name of student/ parent/ guardian or any other third party with suitable margin.
  • Wherever the land/ building is already mortgaged, the unencumbered portion can be taken as security on second charge basis provided it covers the required loan amount.
  • In case the loan is given for purchase of computer, the computer has to be hypothecated to the Bank.

RATE OF INTEREST:

Up to Rs 4 lacs – BPLR

Above Rs. 4 lacs – BPLR + 1%

  • Simple interest to be charged during the Repayment holiday/ Moratorium period.
  • Penal interest to be charged as applicable to individual banks.

APPRAISAL / SANCTION/ DISBURSEMENT:

  • In the normal course, while appraising the loan the future income prospects of the student will be looked into. However, where required, the means of parent / guardian could also be taken into account to evaluate re-payment capability.
  • The loan to be sanctioned as per delegation of powers preferably by the Branch nearest to the place of residence of parents.
  • No application for educational loan received should be rejected without the concurrence of the next higher authority.
  • The loan to be disbursed in stages as per the requirement/ demand directly to the Institutions/ Vendors of books/ equipments/ instruments to the extent possible.

REPAYMENT:

Repayment holiday/Moratorium – 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. If the student is not able to complete the course within the scheduled time, extension of time for completion of course may be permitted for a maximum period of 2 years. If the student is not able to complete the course for reasons beyond his control, sanctioning authority may at his discretion consider such extensions as may be deemed necessary to complete the course.

  • The accrued interest during the repayment holiday period to be added to the principal and repayment in Equated Monthly Installments (EMI) fixed.
  • 1% interest concession may be provided for loanees if the interest is serviced during the study period when repayment holiday is specified for interest/ repayment under the scheme.

INSURANCE

Banks may arrange for life insurance policy on the students availing Educational Loan. Individual Banks may work out the modalities with insurance companies.

FOLLOW UP/TRACKING:

Banks to contact college/ university authorities to send the progress report to the bank at regular intervals in respect of students who have availed loans. In case of studies abroad, bank may obtain the Unique Identification Number (UIN)/Identity Card and note the same in the bank’s records.

PROCESSING CHARGES

No processing/ upfront charges may be collected on educational loans for studies in India.

CAPABILITY CERTIFICATE:

Banks can also issue the capability certificate for students going abroad for higher studies. For this purpose financial and other supporting documents may be obtained from applicant, if required.
(Some of the foreign universities require the students to submit a certificate from their bankers about the sponsors’ solvency/ financial capability, with a view to ensure that the sponsors of the students going abroad for higher studies are capable of meeting the expenses till completion of studies.)

OTHER CONDITIONS:

Meritorious Students: Banks which wish to support highly and exceptionally meritorious/ deserving students without security may delegate such powers to a fairly higher level authority.
Multiple Loans: In case of receipt of application for more than one loan for student borrower from a family, the ‘family’ as a unit has to be taken into account for considering the loan and security taken in relation to the total quantum of finance disbursed, subject to margin and repaying capacity of the parents/student.
Minimum Age: There is no specific restriction regard to the age of the student to be eligible for education loan.

Change of Address: In cases of student staying with parents and where such parents have transferable jobs or there is change in address, the bank may provide in the system of noting the ‘address for correspondence’ for tracking purpose.

Top up loans: Banks may consider top up loans to students pursuing further studies within the overall eligibility limit, with appropriate re-schedulement, subject to taking required security.

Co-obligator: The co-obligator should be parent(s)/guardian of the student borrower. In case of married person, co-obligator can be spouse or the parent(s)/parents-in-law.

Flexibility in terms: In order to bring flexibility in terms like eligibility, margin, security norms, banks may consider relaxation in the norms on a case-to-case basis delegating the powers to a fairly higher level authority.

No Due Certificate: No due certificate need not be insisted upon as a pre-condition for considering educational loan. However, banks may obtain a declaration/ an affidavit confirming that no loans are availed from other banks.

Disposal Application: Loan applications have to be disposed of within a period of 15 days to 1 month, but not exceeding the time norms stipulated for disposing of loan applications under priority sector lending.

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