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    Personal Loan for Students

    Education loans or student loans have emerged as one of the most prominent loan categories. Students who could not earlier go for higher studies due to fund crunch can now avail an education loan and realize their dreams. Education fees in India has been on the rise for the past several years especially for professional courses like engineering and medical. Fees is also higher for private institutes as compared to government colleges. Student loans have made it possible for people from all strata of economic background to study further without worrying about the associated fees.

    These student loans can be repaid by borrowers later when they are able to find a suitable job after completion of their educational course. Almost all major banks in India, public as well as private offer education loans to students. The size of these loans depends upon the college and the course. Not only are education loans offered by banks for study in India but loans for studying overseas are also offered for courses like engineering, architecture, management etc. These education loans cover tuition fees, accommodation fees, examination fees, library and laboratory charges, money for purchasing books, laptop, uniform and instruments as well as for project work during college. The fees and expenses covered are however dependent upon the lending bank and the institute in which admission is sought by the loan applicant.

    Student Loan Eligibility Criteria

    To avail an education loan from a lending entity, there are certain eligibility criteria that need to be fulfilled by the loan applicant. Listed below are some generic criteria that apply to almost all banks.

    • Applicant needs to be an Indian resident
    • Applicant should be aged between 16-35 years of age
    • A collateral security is required by most banks if the loan amount is more than a specific limit
    • A co-applicant is usually mandatory for education loans. A co-applicant can be a parent or spouse
    • Co-applicants salary should meet the minimum salary criteria laid by the lending bank
    • Applicant should have secured admission to the college course he/she is taking education loan for
    • A sound academic career is an added bonus for most banks who lend money for student loans

    Documentation Required for a Student Loan

    There is a specific set of documents required by banks for sanction of education loans. This list of documents is similar for all lending entities. Following are the papers that need to be furnished by an education loan applicant.

    • Proof of age, school certificates
    • Proof of permanent address
    • Proof of identity, passport, voter ID, driving license etc.
    • Income proof of co-applicant/guarantor
    • Optional guarantor form, duly filled
    • Copy of admission letter to education course
    • Bank account statements of co-applicant if required by the bank

    Student Loan Interest Rates

    Interest rates on education loans are slightly higher than loans for housing. These rates are dependent on the lending bank and are generally in the range of 11.75 per cent per annum and 14.75 per cent per annum. Rates are relaxed for students who secure admission at premiere institutes like IITs and IIMs. Interest rates are also reduced by public sector banks for female applicants.

    Features and Benefits of Student Loans

    Student loans are a great boon for people who want to study but struggle due to financial constraints. The concept of banks paying for your education while you study and then getting repaid when you start earning is a great boost for banks as well as for your own educational growth. Here are some of the most significant features and advantages of student loans in India.

    • Education loan enables you to realize your dreams by taking care of education expenses
    • Student loans are easy to obtain and do not have stringent requirements to be fulfilled. This makes these loans popular among customers and removes the hurdle that finances could pose to the education of an individual.
    • Student loans are great alternative to other types of credit. These loans offer lucrative interest rates and come at easier terms as compared to other loans.
    • Deferment of repayment is the most significant advantage of education loans. These loans can be deferred to a time until the applicant starts earning within a stipulated timeframe. The borrower isn’t required to repay the loan as soon as he/she avails an education loan.
    • Student loans offer not just financial ease but also tax benefits. Interest paid towards education loan can be claimed for tax exemption under section 80E of the Income Tax Act.
    • Many banks offer top-up feature on education loans in case a student decides to continue study during the moratorium period. Repayment is then deferred by the bank until completion of further study.
    • Existence of one education loan in a family might affect procurement of other education loans in the same family.
    • For student loans higher than a specific loan amount, most banks require a collateral to be submitted as security. These collaterals can be anything like house papers, LIC policies, NSCs, fixed deposits etc.

    Student Loan for Studying Abroad

    Banks offer education loans not only to students who study in India but also to students who wish to study abroad. Generally, studying abroad is far more expensive than studying in India and hence students who wish to study abroad have to manage enough cash to get admitted to an educational institution.

    For example, a post graduate course in the U.S. can cost up to Rs.30 lakhs per annum. This is a huge amount for any student and so education loans for overseas offer considerable loan amounts. Also, education loans have a set limit to the loan amount offered and as such students might be required to take up part time jobs to manage their expenses. Insurance is a compulsory cost associated with education loans for overseas study. The sum assured in this case will depend upon the course as well as the country where the applicant is going to study.

    Student Loan for Studying in India

    Public sector banks as well as private banks offer education loans to students who wish to study in India. These loans can be taken for any professional course like MBA, engineering, medical etc. Sometimes, rates on education loans are slashed in case the college an applicant has got admission too is a premier institute like an IIT, IIM or an NIT.

    The stark professional shift in education, the increasing competition and globalization have led to more people aspiring for higher studies. Courses that were expensive for people have now become easily attainable due to the increased penetration of student loans.

    Student Loan FAQs

    Who all are eligible for education loan?

    Any student who wishes to study further is eligible for an education loan provided he/she is a resident of India.

    Is there an age criteria that is applicable to education loans?

    Yes. Generally, age of the applicant needs to be between 16-35 years of age. This is subject to the lending bank’s discretion.

    What expenses are covered as part of student loan?

    The following expenses are covered as part of education loan.

    • Tuition Fees
    • Hostel Fees
    • Examination Fee
    • Library fees and lab fees
    • Purchase of books
    • Purchase of laptops and other equipment
    • Travel expenses for studying abroad
    What percentage of student loan amount do I have to pay out of my own pocket?

    Nil. 100% loan is available for select courses and is dependent upon bank’s policy.

    What is the loan tenure for student loan?

    Loan tenure can be a period up to 7 years. This includes the moratorium period.

    What is a moratorium period?

    Moratorium period is a payment holiday offered on repayment of education loan until the applicant finds a job and starts repaying the loan.

    Is a co-applicant mandatory?

    Yes. A co-applicant is almost always required by banks to sanction your education loan.

    What is the loan amount offered to students?

    Loan amount depends upon the requirement of the applicant. Greater amounts are offered to applicants who wish to study abroad than those who apply for study in India.

    Does education loan offer any tax benefit?

    Yes. Education loans can get tax exemption for interest paid on the loan. This is in line with section 80E of the Income Tax Act.

    Can I pre-pay my education loan?

    Yes. Pre-closure of student loan is possible, however some banks levy a prepayment fee on pre-closure of loan.

    Student Loan Reviews

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      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      Bank Bazaar online application is good I used to check my credit score. I am fine with the report and information but I suggest post process should be improved, based on the customer's profile the loan eligibility should be more. However the response is good from your end.
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    • Kotak Personal Loan
      "Network should be enlarged"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My area pin code was listed in Kotak Mahindra bank, there was no alternate option to take the personal loan. However the response is very good they reached me on time. I believe the interest rate and charges are nominal for the personal loan. They need to include all area for the loan approval.
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      , chennai
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    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My friend had suggested me about the bank bazaar for checking credit score as he regularly check his score through bank bazaar,and this was my first experience even i have check credit score through bank bazaar,and i got call from them that i am eligible for loan,so i have applied, i have downloaded mobile application,it is easy to access.
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      , pune
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    • Early Salary Personal Loan
      "Best service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The service was good but one i will do payment i will get to know about it,and The loan amount which they have given me was not sufficient i have been expected more,and the rate of interest they have charged me was nominal,they have charged me up to 5.5% ,and they have not charged me processing fee,but for doing payment i need expected up to 6 months of tenure period but only for 2-3 months they are giving as tenure period.
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      , pune
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    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
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      , mumbai
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    • Tata capital Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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      , mumbai
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    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have got my personal loan through HDFC BANK , they charge processing fee and tenure period is 3 year . The rate of interest is good with this bank, and they provide sufficient loan amount . Customer support is good and they provide preclosere option with this bank .
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      , new delhi
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    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I applied my loan through bank bazaar but it got cancel because of some personal reasons . Bank Bazaar is a good platform to compare all the banking products available with various banks. I never faced any issues with their services. Overall it has been very good experience with bank bazaar . Website is easy to use .
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      , new delhi
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    • Tata capital Personal Loan
      "They need to improve services"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
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      , new delhi
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    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      There is a Personal Loan going with HDFC BANK . R. My application was processed on time and rate of interest are not nominal here. The tenure period is 5 year . The loan amount is 400000 and it is sufficient . Within 5 min i got my loan amount . Overall it is good .
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      , pune
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    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
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      , pune
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    • Tata capital Personal Loan
      "Very slow process "
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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      , pune
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    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
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      , bangalore
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    • Early Salary Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
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      , bangalore
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    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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      , bangalore
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    • Tata capital Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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      , bangalore
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    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Excellent services"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
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      , indore
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    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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      , indore
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    • Kotak Personal Loan
      "Shud stick to the promise ROI watever they said initially"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
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      , indore
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    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good door step service provider"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
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