State Bank of India, country’s largest lender offers several types of educational loans for higher studies in India and abroad. The bank’s Student Loan Scheme, Scholar Loan Scheme, Loan Scheme For Vocational Education And Training and Central Scheme For Interest Subsidy are among the various loan schemes that are available for students. Education loans are tax effective as interest paid for an education loan qualify for tax deduction under section 80E of Income Tax Act. Here are all the details like eligibility, duration, security, repayment that you need to know about SBI education loans.
Student Loan Scheme
This scheme entails granting of a term loan to Indian nationals for pursuing higher education in India or abroad where admission has been secured. Repayment period granted under this loan is up to 15 years after the course Period + 12 months of repayment holiday, says the official SBI website. The bank will not charge any processing/ upfront charges for education loans.
Eligibility: You should have already secured an admission to a course.
a. Studies in India: Graduation, post-graduation including regular technical and professional degree/diploma courses conducted by colleges/universities approved by UGC/ AICTE/ IMC/ Government etc
Regular Degree/ Diploma Courses conducted by autonomous institutions like IIT, IIM etc
Teacher training/ Nursing courses approved by Central or State Governments
Regular degree/ diploma courses like aeronautics, pilot training, shipping etc. approved by Director General of Civil Aviation/ Shipping/ concerned regulatory authority
b. Studies abroad:
Job oriented professional/ technical graduation degree courses/ post-graduation degree and diploma courses like MCA, MBA, MS, etc offered by reputed universities
Courses conducted by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – London, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in USA etc.Expenses Covered
- Fees payable to college/school/hostel
- Examination/library/laboratory fees
- Purchase of books/ equipment/instruments/ uniforms, computers- essential for completion of the course (maximum 20% of the total tuition fees payable for completion of the course)
- Caution deposit/building fund/refundable deposit (maximum 10% of tuition fees for the entire course)
- Travel expenses/ passage money for studies abroad
- Cost of a two-wheeler up to ₹ 50,000/-
- Any other expenses required to complete the course like study tours, project work etc
Loan Amount: For studies in India one can get a maximum of ₹ 10 lakh while for abroad a maximum of ₹ 20 lakh can be availed.
If the loan amount is up to ₹ 7.5 lakh, only parent/guardian is required to be registered as a co-borrower. No collateral security or third party guarantee is needed, states SBI website. However, if the loan amount is above ₹ 7.5 lakh, parent/ guardian is registered as a co-borrower along with tangible collateral security. If the borrower is married, the co-obligator can be a spouse or the parent(s)/ parents-in-law.
- Up to ₹ 4 lakh: Nil
- Above ₹ 4 lakh : 5 per cent for studies in India, 15 per cent for studies abroad
- Repayment will commence one year after completion of course.
- Loan to be repaid in 15 years after the commencement of repayment
- In case second loan is availed for higher studies later, to repay the combined loan after completion of second course 15 years is given
The accrued interest during the moratorium period and course period is added to the principle and repayment is fixed in equated monthly installments (EMIs), according to the website. If full interest is serviced before the commencement of repayment; EMI is fixed based on principle amount only.