To apply for an education loan, a student;
Must be an Indian citizen
Must have cleared the selection process and obtained admission for any study program in a reputed foreign university.
A student must secure admission to a graduate or post-graduate study program like the MCA, MBA, MS or a professional or technical course in any discipline, including courses conducted by international professional bodies like the CIMA (London) or CPA (USA); or even an employment oriented course to upgrade skills from a recognized international school.
Management, hospitality, healthcare and IT enjoy an edge while universities in US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand are popular destinations.
There is no minimum age restriction but students are usually above 16 years and have completed either the Senior Secondary course (SSC) or grade 10 or the Higher Secondary Course (HSC) or grade 12. There is no upper age limit.
The maximum study loan is for Rs 20 lakh ($40,000) subject to the repayment capacity of the parents and student.
Repayment on the loan starts one year after the completion of the course or six months after getting a job, whichever is earlier and the loan must be cleared within five to seven years.
However, to ease the interest burden, a parent/ guardian may choose to pay the interest during the moratorium period and avail of an interest rate concession.
For a foreign study loan above Rs 4 lakh ($ 8,000) parents or the guardian become joint borrowers. The bank may also insist on a third party guarantee, suitable collateral security like fixed deposits, national savings certificates, mortgages and an assignment of future income of the student for payment of instalments.
There is no margin money required for a study loan up to Rs. 4 lakh.
For a foreign education loan of over Rs 4 lakh, the student or guardian pays 15% of the loan amount. This amount need not be paid up-front. It may be put up as and when disbursements are made by the bank year to year on a pro-rata basis.
This amount would include the value of any scholarship acquired by the student. For instance, if a student needs a loan amount of Rs 15,00,000 ($30,000) and has received a scholarship worth $10,000 then the margin money requirement would be covered by the proof of the scholarship.