Education Loan Interest Rates in India 2016 - 2017

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Education Loan for Courses in India, US, France and Australia

  • Anyone in the country who wants to get higher education in India and abroad can apply for Education Loan
  • Repayment of the Education Loan starts after the completion of the course for a tenure of 5 to 7 years
  • Minimum amount to get Educational Loan should be Rs. 50,000. No guarantor or collateral is required for loans below Rs. 4 lakh
  • Some banks offer discounts or lower interest rates for female students on Education Loan
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Student Loan Interest Rates – Eligibility, FAQ's

Determinants of Eligibility for Education Loans
Age of the Applicant
  • Upto 35 years for non-employed personnels
  • Upto 45 years in case of working employees/ executives
Who is eligible
  • An Indian National having secured admission to professional/technical courses in recognized institutions
  • Students seeking admission for higher studies
  • Permanent employees who are employed for not less than three years with any organisation and who intend to acquire higher professional qualifications and have secured admissions in a reputed institute
Maximum Loan Amount
  • Typically upto Rs. 10 lakh for studies in India; with minimum margin money (own contribution by student/ family) of 5% of total cost
  • Typically upto Rs. 20 lakh for studies abroad, some banks offer upto Rs. 30 lakhs with minimum margin money (own contribution by student/ family) of 15% of total cost
  • Upto Rs. 30 lakh for studies at IIT's, IIM's and ISB's with minimum margin money (own contribution by student/ family) of 5% of total cost
Which Cost Heads/ Expenses are Funded by Bank
  • Admission fees including Monthly Fees and Examination Fees
  • Books, Stationery and Equipments
  • Airfare for joining the course abroad
  • Boarding & lodging expenses of authorized hostel or boarding house
  • Expenses required to complete the courses like those on study tours, project work and thesis etc.
Co-borrower/ Guarantor/ Security
  • Loans upto Rs 4 lakh: Parents or guardian or husband/in-laws in case of married woman required need to be co-borrower
  • Loans above Rs 4 lakh and upto Rs 7.5 lakh: Parents or guardian or husband/in-laws in case of married woman need to be co-borrower and a third party guarantee needed as collateral
  • Above Rs 7.5 lakh: Parents or guardian or husband/in-laws in case of married woman need to be co-borrower and tangible security equivalent to 100-133% of loan amount as collateral
Repayment Frequency
  • Quarterly or monthly rests
  • Repayment typically starts 1 year after completing the course or six months after getting a job, whichever is earlier
Repayment Period
  • Varies from bank to bank - can range from 7 to 15 years
  • There is no prepayment penalty or charge on early prepayment or foreclosure
Key Appraisal Criteria
  • Good academic record with atleast 50% marks in the qualifying examinations
  • Admission letter from bonafide educational institution
  • Passport/visa/i-20 form for studies abroad
  • Net-worth and credit history (CIBIL) of the guarantors

Tax benefit on Educational Loan

  • Interest paid on education loan can be claimed as deduction from income of borrower (student) as per Section 80E of the Income Tax Act, 1961
  • Rebate can be claimed without any upper ceiling or cap
  • Rebate is available for full time courses, part time courses and vocational courses pursued in India and abroad
  • Rebate can be claimed within eight (8) years post moratorium period subject to actual payment of interest
  • Rebate is available for interest paid on loans for education of self, spouse, children or for the student of whom he/she is the legal guardian
  • No rebate is available for principal repayment
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Education Loan News - Oct 2016
03rd Oct 16 Bihar CM Nitish Kumar launches Student Credit card
Nitish kumar launches a student credit card scheme for the students who have passed senior secondary education and wish to persue higher studies. This will be treated as Education Loan. The withdrawing limit will be upto 4 lakhs where interest rate will be born by the Bihar government.
14th Sep 16 Cabinet clears student credit card scheme
The state cabinet gave its nod to Student Credit Card Scheme. Under this scheme, the 12th passout students can take education loans of up to Rs 4 lakh for pursuing higher education. The government will act as guarantor and provide support to the students to get loan from banks. The students who take admission to any recognised institution will be eligible for loan, irrespective of their financial background. The Bihar government will sign a memorandum of understanding this month with the banks and the interest rate will be kept at 2 per cent above the benchmark rate.
14th Aug 16 SBI raises education loan cap five-fold to Rs 1.5 crore
State Bank of India has increased its limit for overseas education loans to Rs. 1.5 crore from Rs. 30 lakh currently. SBI is also increasing loan amount of government guarantee loan to Rs. 7.5 lakh from Rs. 4 lakh. SBI is an improving demand for education loans since it combined with the government Vidya Lakshmi portal, and 10 percent of its education loan applications are already through the portal. The current education loan book of SBI stands at Rs. 15,000 crore and it is expecting a growth of 15 per cent and 20 per cent in number of loans disbursements respectively
23rd Jul 16 Banks cut education loan rates, bring them down to 2008 level
State Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra have reduced interest rates on educational loans by about 25 basis points over the past weeks. This move has brought the interest rates down to 2008 levels. Depending on the tenure and the loan size , the new interest rates for loans are between 10.8% and 12.2% at public sector banks. Banks had charged interest rates higher than 13% for the previous year. Top private Banks, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank have reduced their interest rate on educational loans by nearly 200 bps since June 1, to between 13% and 17%, with loans being half a percentage point less for girl students.
29th Jun 16 Odisha announces higher education loan at 1 per cent interest
Economically weaker students aspiring to pursue professional and technical education can now avail study loan up to Rs 10 lakh at one per cent interest rate. The state government will create a corpus of Rs 500 crore from its own resources for the subsidised loan scheme christened Kalinga Sikshya Sathi Yojana (KSSY). The subsidized higher education loan was part of BJD election manifesto before the simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections.