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How to get an Education Loan?

Quality education is crucial to creating a successful life for a student. However, with increasing college fees every year, it becomes difficult for a student to have a quality education. Education in India, especially in premier educational institutions, is quite expensive. And in many cases, even if a student is qualified to get admission purely on merit, it becomes difficult to study in such institutions due to financial constraint. Cost of education in India is anywhere between Rs.5 lakhs and Rs.12 lakhs for undergraduate engineering courses. For medical courses in India, the fees can rise up to 50 lakhs in private colleges. Business schools in India charge more than Rs.10 lakhs. In abroad, cost of higher education is much higher. Again, fees in private colleges are always more than the government colleges. Under such circumstances, students look for education loans in India. With so many banks offering education loans, it is also very confusing for parents and students to choose the best one. We give below a brief idea on how to get the right education loan.

  • Education Loan versus Personal Loan

    Many parents might feel that taking a personal loan for higher education is beneficial. But as a matter of fact, this is not true. You take personal loan at a higher rate of interest and you end up paying more. Instead, an education loan comes with a number of benefits and conveniences and is specially meant to be given for education which serves the purpose of the students.

  • Comprehensive Educational Loan Scheme: Government of India

    The Government of India has framed a Comprehensive Educational Loan Scheme in consultation with Indian Banker’s Association (IBA) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The scheme covers all type of courses in schools and colleges in India and abroad.

  • Benefits of Education Loans

    • Applicable for all: Any student who wants to study can apply for an education loan. Even the economically backward sections of the society can take education loans under the government-sponsored subsidy schemes such as ‘Central Scheme to provide Interest subsidy’ (CSIS).
    • Applicable for all courses: Education loan can be used to pursue all types of courses — graduation, post-graduation, diploma courses, vocational courses — whether in India or in foreign universities.
    • Easily available: Education loans are widely and easily available. In fact, they are a priority product in all banks as per the RBI’s guidelines.
    • Varied loan amounts: Banks can offer loans anywhere between Rs.2 lakhs and Rs.22 lakhs for studying in India. Of course, the size of the loan depends on the course applied for. To study abroad, the loan amount goes up to Rs.20 lakhs.
    • Helps in completion of education: The expense curve of education is increasing with inflation and shifting prices. To avoid hindrances in studies, education loans become essential.
    • Benefits: Education loans include many additional benefits like caution deposits, library fees, building deposits, laboratory fees, tuition, examination fees, hostel fees, money for buying books, instruments and uniform, travel expenses for studies abroad, etc.

      Low interest rate for females: Usually female students are offered loans at lower interest rates.

    • Easy repayment: Also, another great advantage of education loan is that the loan amount need not be repaid immediately. The repayment tenure can extend up to 5 to 7 years after the completion of the course. This makes it easy for repayment.
  • Conditions to apply for education loans in India

    Some basic requirements need to be fulfilled while taking a loan. These conditions are as follows:

    • The main determinants are the fees of the course to be pursued and the applicant’s annual family income.
    • There must be a co-applicant, which can be either one of the parents or sibling or spouse.
    • Loans below Rs.4 lakhs do not require a guarantor or security.
    • For loans above Rs.4 lakhs, there should be a third-party guarantor.
    • For loan amount more than Rs.7.5 lakh, a collateral is necessary.
    • For studying abroad, a student must also look for part-time jobs or sponsorship as the loan
    • amount itself is not sufficient.
    • Insurance is compulsory for studying abroad.
  • Repayment of loans
    • The repayment process should immediately start after 6 months to 1 year of completion of the course, though it can be extended to 5 to 7 years.
    • In case of non-repayment, the student’s own credit history as well as his co-applicant’s history gets affected.
  • Interest rates of education loan

    In India, interest rates for education loans vary according to banks. However, it can be anywhere between 12.00 % and 16.00 %, which of course depends on the bank’s base lending rate and other factors. The base lending rate for banks in India, as directed by the RBI, is around 9- 10%.

  • Important tips before applying for education loan
    • You should carefully consider the financial capabilities and liabilities of your family and then opt for an education loan, with the intention of repaying it on time so as to not to include you and your parent’s name in the defaulters list.
    • Education loan is more like an investment. Low interest rate, even of it is 0.5% less, along with a longer repayment period is more helpful. So, it is very essential that you should carefully study and understand the conditions for applying in different banks before choosing the most favorable bank.
    • When the bank is finally chosen, make sure you read all the terms and conditions and checklists of the loan application form because there might be some hidden costs as well.
    • You should usually choose a bank which provides the facility for extension of the repayment tenure in case of delay under unforeseen circumstances.
    • Students from the economically weaker strata of society should opt for government-controlled banks as they offer some benefits in the form of interest-subsidy for students.
    • Also, know in details what does your education loan cover? The loan amount does not come to you. It goes directly to the institution where you want to study, at the beginning of each semester. Hence, it should cover all the benefits and services offered so that you do not have to incur any additional costs.

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Education Loan Reviews

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  • SBI Education Loan
    "Good service "
    STATE BANK OF INDIA
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken a Education loan from State Bank of India. EMI, i am paying of Rs. 7700 till 7-8 years i have to pay. The rate of interest was medium 12.65%, customer service and responsiveness was very good in SBI, i can do pre close at any point of time.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , muzaffarpur
    Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020
  • IOB
    IOB Education Loan
    "Good service"
    INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken Educational loan from INDIAN OVERSEAS Bank. The loan period was 5 years, already 2 years has been completed. I am happy with their service when compare with other account. I taken this loan on 7 years back. I got this loan offer for 1.5L. EMI need to pay of 4,300 rupees. Pre closure option is available.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020
  • Bank of Baroda Education Loan
    "Good "
    BANK OF BARODA
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken Educational Loan on 3 years before. At an initial when I had applied this loan with VIJAYA Bank but now its merged with BANK OF BARODA. The amount of 2L and I got the same amount from them. The rate of interest was 10% which is nominal. I can close the loan at any time.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Feb 04, 2020
  • Union Bank of India Education Loan
    "Good service "
    UNION BANK OF INDIA
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I have taken Educational Loan on 4 years back from UNION BANK OF INDIA. When I was at my hometown got this loan offer with sufficient amount. The rate of interest is nominal. So far I haven't faced any additional charge from their end. Their service is good and prompt.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Feb 03, 2020
  • SBI Education Loan
    "Charges are more on interest rate"
    STATE BANK OF INDIA
    0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
    SBI banking service is not good compared to private sector bank, they need to improve a lot. They are not intimating the EMI details and other hidden charges. I got the loan 14 years before when i was doing my studies. SBI is the only bank was available in my area so that i have selected for an educational loan. I have completed the loan by paying the entire amount. I got my NOC letter too.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020
  • State Bank of Travancore Education Loan
    "Good Loan service"
    STATE BANK OF TRAVANCORE
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Interest rates are quite for the educational loan from State Bank of Travancore which i took for my daughter. Since i am a long term account holder of SBT, i have selected the educational loan. The loan sanctioned time was faster. When i availed the loan, it was State bank of Travancore after that it was merged into State bank of India. I don't find any problem while taking the loan.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020
  • IOB Education Loan
    "Good Educational loan"
    INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    Indian overseas bank provided me an educational loan during the emergency time and it was a helpful loan service. Their interest rates are moderate. One of my family friend supported me to take this loan in the year of 2011. I have fully repaid the loan on 2015. Bank staffs were helpful and co-operative throughout this process.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019
  • IDBI Education Loan
    "Good "
    IDBI BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken educational loan with IDBI BANK on 2 years before actually this loan was suggested by my college management. The amount was sufficient of 7.5L with tenure period of 5 years. Rate of Interest is 9.5% and some processing fee was deducted. The process was taken too long to sanctioned the loan and it was around 45 days.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019
  • Bank of India Education Loan
    "Need to imrpove service "
    BANK OF INDIA
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I had taken Educational loan with BANK OF INDIA on 5 years before. Since my sister has already took the loan from this bank so I preferred it. Rate of interest was applicable. Their service was average because they took one month to sanctioned the loan and they have not given easily. I had submitted only certificates.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Dec 22, 2019
  • Bank of India Education Loan
    "Not approachable"
    BANK OF INDIA
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    My educational loan was taken from Bank of India Its because branch is located to nearby my home town. I am not sure about the loan amount because the loan amount got credited directly to the college account. Purchased this loan 10 years before. They took 3 months to sanctioned this loan. They have followed lots of terms and conditions. The documentation process was very difficult to handle.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019
  • Bank of Baroda Education Loan
    "Traditional but good"
    BANK OF BARODA
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Its because of the low interest rates, i have chosen the Bank of Baroda for my educational loan. In my area, branches are available. I never called the customer care service and if i need of any help, i just call the branch manager and he is quite helpful. They have provided me a interest rate of 11% for the loan amount of Rs. 3.25 lakhs.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019
  • Credila Education Loan Education Loan
    "VERY GOOD SERVICES FROM HDFC CREDILA SURAT"
    CREDILA FINANCIAL SERVICES
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    VERY GOOD SERVICES FROM HDFC CREDILA SURAT , VERY SUPPORTIVE, MANAGER MR.PRATIK VASHI HELPED A LOT & WAS VERY CO-OPERATIVE, VERY SMOOTH LOAN PROCESSING & DISBURSEMENT, ALSO PROPER AFTER SALES SERVICE, NO COMPLAINTS, A VERY GOOD & MEMORABLE SERVICE EXPERIENCE FROM THEM.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , surat
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019
  • SBI Education Loan
    "Easy loan "
    STATE BANK OF INDIA
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a Education loan from SBI and the loan amount was Rs. 1.5 lakhs.The rate of interest was 8.7% and still i have 30 months to go but i am not aware about the EMI charges. Customer service was good and it took 4-5 days to process this loan.
    Was this review helpful? 13
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Dec 09, 2019
  • Canara Bank Education Loan
    "On-line sanction"
    CANARA BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Educational loan is running with Canara bank and the loan amount was either Rs. 4,00,000 or Rs. 5,00,000. I guess the rate of interest was 11% . Tenure was 10 years I think but am not sure. I received the loan amount on time. I have not contacted the customer service yet.
    Was this review helpful? 4
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019
  • Canara Bank Education Loan
    "Good"
    CANARA BANK
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have taken a education loan from Canara bank. My loan amount was Rs. 82,000 with tenure 4 years.I am not sure about rate of interest and emi what i am paying right now. Customer care service and responsiveness is good. That was very faster approval and I got the loan easily.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019
  • Central Bank of India Education Loan
    "Average"
    CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken an educational loan with CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA on 2 years before. For the amount of 4 lakhs they have offered for this loan for the tenure was applicable and not aware about it. With rate of interest was 10%. At that time I got many loan from other banks as well but I took since interest was low. There is an option for a pre closure.
    Was this review helpful? 6
    , navi mumbai
    Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019
  • UCO Education Loan
    "Excellent Service"
    UCO BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have availed Education loan through UCO Bank directly .I have got the loan very quickly .I have got this loan with good rate of interest ,Still this loan is active and i will be closing this loan within 2 months .I have directly contacted Bank Manager and got this loan .There was no difficulties faced so far.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019
  • SBI Education Loan
    "Not happy with the branch people"
    STATE BANK OF INDIA
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I took the educational loan from SBI and in my home town, only SBI available so there was no chance to contact with other banks. When i took the loan, i do not have any knowledge about the interest rates. Without proper information, they have deducted the money for insurance and all. When i come to know about this, i was not happy about the loan. I closed the loan in a proper way. I took the loan amount of Rs. 90000 but when i paid the amount was Rs. 2.5 lakhs. The bank manager behavior was not good and they treated me like a slaves. The way of approach with the customer is not good.
    Was this review helpful? 27
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Oct 09, 2019
  • Canara Bank Education Loan
    "Very Good Loan Services"
    CANARA BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    From Canara bank, they have given me a loan immediately. Time belongs to the institute, they got only one signature after that they have provided me a loan. I bought the loan amount of Rs. 2.3 lakhs and they have provided me a interest rate of 8%. EMI tenure period has not started so far.
    Was this review helpful? 7
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Oct 08, 2019
  • Syndicate Bank Education Loan
    "Good bank experience"
    SYNDICATE BANK
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    There was no other nationalized bank in our region thats the reason i approached the syndicate bank for my educational loan. I got the loan amount of Rs. 2.38 lakhs and they took around 20 days to sanctioned the loan. The interest rate is 12% and i have closed the loan 5 years back.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Oct 03, 2019
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