Government of India in consultation with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Indian Banker's Association (IBA) has framed a Comprehensive Educational Loan Scheme to ensure that no deserving student in the Country is deprived of higher education for want of finances. The new scheme covers all type of courses including professional courses in schools and colleges in India and abroad
Salient features of the scheme are as under:
The scheme envisages loans up to Rs.7.5 lakh for studies in India and up to Rs. 15 lakh for studies abroad.
For loans up to Rs. 4 lakh no collateral or margin is required and the interest rate is not to exceed the Prime Lending Rates (PLR). For loans above Rs. 4 lakh the interest rate will not exceed PLR plus 1 percent.
The loans are to be repaid over a period of 5 to 7 years with provision of grace period of one year after completion of studies
Expenses Considered for Loan
Fee payable to college/school/hostel*
Purchase of books/equipment's/instruments/uniforms.
Caution deposit/building fund/refundable deposit supported by Institution bills/receipts.
Travel expenses/passage money for studies abroad.
Purchase of computers - essential for completion of the course.
Insurance cover for the student.
Repayment of an education loan is deductible under section 80E of the Income Tax Act.