LAKSHMI VILAS BANK EDUCATION LOAN INTEREST RATE
Brief History and background
|To meet expenses connected with the pursuit of specific courses of study at recognized institutions, including professional/job-oriented courses, which offer reasonable opportunity for employment & loan repayment capacity on successful completion.|
|Student eligibilityShould have secured admission to professional/technical courses in India or abroad through entrance test/merit based selection process after completion of HSC (10 plus 2 or equivalent).However, entrance test or selection purely based on marks obtained in qualifying examination may not be the criterion for admission to some of the post graduate courses or research programmes.|
In such cases, appropriate criteria will be adopted based on the employability and reputation of the institution concerned.
a) Studies in India: Regular Degree/Diploma courses like aeronautical, pilot training, shipping, degree/diploma in nursing or any other discipline, approved by Director General of Civil Aviation/Shipping/Indian Nursing Council or any other regulatory body as the case may be, if the course is pursued in India.
b) Studies abroad: Degree/Diploma courses like aeronautical, pilot training, shipping, etc. provided these are recognized by competent regulatory bodies in India/abroad for the purpose of employment in India/abroad.
c) Expenses eligible for finance: Purchase of computer at reasonable cost essential for completion of the course.
|Need based finance subject to repaying capacity of the student with margin and the following ceilings:• For studies in India: Maximum up to Rs. 10.00 lacs.• For studies abroad: Maximum up to Rs. 20.00 lacs.|
Within the above maximum levels, the loan amount is to be fixed taking into account the minimum stipulated margin, the expenses eligible for finance, actual requirement of the student, anticipated repayment capacity of the student on completion of the course, etc.
While appraising the loan, the future income prospects of the student alone will be looked into.
The above ceilings fixed for studies in India and abroad correspond to the limits fixed by RBI for treatment as priority sector lending.
It would, however, be open to banks to consider higher quantum of loan on a course to course basis like IIMs, ISB, etc
|For loans up to Rs.4.00 lacs: NilFor loans above Rs.4.00 lacs:Studies in India: Minimum of 5%.|
Studies Abroad: Minimum of 15%.
Scholarship/assistantship to be included in the margin.
Margin may be brought in on year-to-year basis as and when disbursements are made on pro-rata basis.
(In the case of highly meritorious/ deserving students, relaxation in the margin may be allowed up to the minimum level of 3% & 8% for studies in India & abroad respectively from the normal stipulation of 5% & 15% in cases of loans above Rs.4.00 lacs at the level of General Manager.)
|(a) For Boy Students:Loans up to Rs.4.00 lacs: Base Rate + 3.25% (PER: 14.50% p.a.)|
Loans above Rs.4.00 lacs: Base Rate + 4.25% (PER: 15.50% p.a.)(b) For Girl Students:
Loans up to Rs.4.00 lacs: Base Rate + 2.75% (PER: 14.00% p.a.)
Interest will accrue on simple interest basis during the holiday period and such accrued interest of the holiday period will be added to the principal amount at the beginning of the repayment period for calculation of the repayment in EMIs. The effective interest rate during the holiday period and the EMIs during the repayment period are subject to change depending on the PLR/Base Rate quoted by the Bank from time to time.
On overdue amounts, penal interest @ 2% p.a. will be charged additionally for the overdue period in respect of loans above Rs.2.00 lacs. Students belonging to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) with an annual gross parental/family income of Rs.4.50 lacs per year (from all sources) are eligible for interest subsidy during the period of moratorium on education loans taken by them from banks for studies in India under the IBA Model Educational Loan Scheme as per the Central Scheme for Interest Subvention (CSIS) announced by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resources Development.
The interest subsidy is applicable only for loans given for Professional and Technical courses (after 12th Standard) in India. Interest subsidy can be extended in respect of courses where the fee structure is more than Rs. 10.00 lacs. However, interest subsidy should be calculated for loans up to Rs.10.00 lacs only.
Servicing of interest during study period and the moratorium period till commencement of the repayment is optional for the student.
Where a Holiday Period is allowed, interest concession of 1% to be allowed on the interest payable during the Holiday Period if interest is serviced during the Holiday Period. Alternatively, if the student undertakes to repay the loan without any Holiday Period, the same may be accepted and repayment may be fixed accordingly. This fact has to be clearly stated in the loan application/ appraisal.
|LOAN PROCESSING FEE:|
|Up to Rs.4.00 lacs:Co-obligation of parents/grandparents. No security.Above Rs.4.00 lacs and up to Rs.7.50 lacs:|
Co-obligation of parents/grandparents together with collateral security in the form of suitable third party guarantee.
The bank may, at its discretion, in exceptional cases, waive third party guarantee if satisfied with the net-worth/means of parent(s)/ grandparent(s) who would be executing the document as “joint borrower”.
Above Rs.7.50 lacs:
Co-obligation of parents/grandparents together with tangible collateral security of suitable value, along with the assignment of future income of the student for payment of instalments.
In the case of married person, co-obligant can be either the spouse or the parent(s)/parents-in-law.
|The loan documents are to be executed by both the student and the parent/guardian/grandparent/spouse as co-borrowers.However, where collateral securities of third parties are obtained, the guarantee of the owners of the security is to be obtained.|
|LOAN PERIOD, REPAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL & INTEREST|
|(a) Holiday Period: Course period* + 1 year or 6 months after employment, whichever is earlier. (Holiday period could be extended up to 24 months after completion of the studies.)(*The courses for which loans may be extended should not exceed 5 years.)(b) Repayment Period: The principal & interest (including interest accrued during the holiday period) to be repaid in EMIs as follows:|
For loans up to Rs.7.50 lacs: up to 10 years
For loans above Rs.7.50 lacs: up to 15 years
• If the student is not able to complete the course within the scheduled time, extension of time for completion of the course may be permitted for a maximum period of 2 years by an authority at least one level above the sanctioning authority.
• Interest will accrue on simple interest basis during the Holiday Period and such accrued interest of the Holiday Period will be added to the principal amount at the beginning of the Repayment Period for calculation of the repayment in EMIs.
However, if the student was a minor at the time of execution of the documents for the loan, a letter of ratification from the student borrower should be obtained upon attaining majority.
|1. Vidya Lakshmi Loans are to be sanctioned subject to the following general conditions:a) The student should not change the course of study for which the loan has been extended or the educational institution without the Bank’s prior permission.b) Any change in the permanent residential address of the borrower/ parent/guardian/guarantor should be duly informed to the Bank.|
c) Details of employment secured by the student after completion of the course of study should be informed to the Bank.
d) The student should comply with all the rules & regulations of the educational institution and should not participate in any unlawful activity, which would debar him from pursuing the course of study.
2. Disbursement of the loan should be by way of direct payment to the institution or the suppliers of the goods and services with whom the eligible expenses are incurred against proper bills/ receipts, etc.
Disbursement by way of reimbursement of expenses already incurred may also be considered by the sanctioning authority in genuine cases provided:
a) the expenditure should have been incurred within the past 6 months,
b) the sanctioning authority should verify the original receipt and satisfy himself as to the actual payment, and
c) the total disbursement by way of reimbursement should not exceed 25% of the loan amount.
3. If the requirement for the eligible expenditure is on a year-to-year basis, the loan should also be disbursed on a year-to-year basis, subject to the stipulated margin requirement, on pro-rata basis.
4. The Bank may with the consent of the student borrower arrange for whole-life insurance policy to cover their liability under the loan and assign the same in favour of the Bank.
5. Banks to contact college/university authorities to obtain progress report on the student at regular intervals in respect of those who have availed loans.
6. The sanctioning authority may also issue capability/solvency certificates to the students going abroad after obtaining the required financial and other supporting documents from the borrower and taking into account the availability of funds from the sanctioned loan.
7. No due certificate need not be insisted upon as a pre-condition for considering Vidya Lakshmi Loans. However, a declaration/affidavit confirming that no loans are availed from other banks may be obtained.
8. Loan applications will be received either directly at bank branches or through on-line mode.
9. Upon receipt of the application, standard acknowledgement giving a reference number will be issued.
10. The acknowledgement will contain contact details of the bank official who could be contacted in case of delay in disposal of the application.
11. Loan applications for Vidya Lakshmi Loan scheme are to be disposed within a period of one month, but not exceeding the time norms stipulated for disposing loan applications under priority sector lending.
12. No application for education loan received should be rejected without the concurrence of the next higher authority.
13. Application for education loans received at branches should be disposed of within the time frame on objective basis and without delay.
14. Application for education loans should not be rejected without proper reason.
15. Bank may consider top up loans to students pursuing further studies within the overall eligibility limit, with appropriate re-schedulement, subject to obtaining the required security.
16. Education loans are eligible for special asset classification benefits upon restructuring, subject to fulfillment of necessary conditions set out in the RBI circular on restructuring.
17. The terms “meritorious” and “deserving” are not specifically defined in the model education loan scheme of IBA. It has to be interpreted on a case-to-case basis. Both the terms go hand in hand and are interdependent rather than independent.
18. While considering the loan application for education loans, the terms have to be interpreted not only on the basis of the meritorious academic performance of the applicant but a host of other factors like the social status, the economic background, the criteria on which admission has been accorded to the student by the respective college/ University, the geographical location, the broad objective of the scheme, etc.
19. If the student has obtained admission to an eligible course through a merit based selection process, he/she should be considered a meritorious student.
20. Similarly, admission to professional and technical courses is through common entrance tests and those who get admission through this process could be considered meritorious.
21. Where the admission is purely based on the marks scored in qualifying examinations, the banks are permitted to fix cut-off marks (percentage) for loan eligibility. Accordingly, it is proposed to fix the cut-off marks in our Bank as 90% for general category of boy students and 85% in case of girl students. In respect of SC/ST/OBC, etc. the percentage of marks may be at the level of 80%.
22. Since education loan is given for an individual and the limit of Rs.4.00 lacs is also for an individual i.e. education loan is not a loan for a family as a unit, any number of applications belonging to the same family may be sanctioned up to Rs.4.00 lacs individually without insisting for any security.
23. Service area norms are not applicable to education loans. As such, education loans may be sanctioned preferably by the branch nearest to the place of residence of parents of the student borrower.
24. No prepayment penalty is to be levied for prepayment of the loan any time during the repayment period.
25. In case of studies abroad, banks may obtain the SSN/Unique Identification Number (UIN)/Identity Card and note the same in the bank’s records.
26. The UID number issued by UIDIA may also be captured in bank’s system as and when available.
|Branch Managers in Scale-I : Rs. 2.00 lacsBranch Managers in Scale-II : Rs. 4.00 lacsBranch Managers in Scale–III : Rs. 7.50 lacs|
Chief Managers : Rs.15.00 lacs
AGMs & above : Rs.20.00 lacs