Looking to Reduce Your Education Loan Interest bill on College Education?

Look no further. This page summarises the information you will need on Government of India’s Interest Subsidy Schemes for Education Loans as offered by HDFC Bank.

Government of India Interest Subsidy Schemes for Education Loans

HDFC Bank allows its education loan applicants to apply for interest rate subsidies under one government scheme, viz.

  1. Central Sector Interest Subsidy Scheme

We look at it in some detail.

Features of Central Sector Scheme of Interest Subsidy for Education Loans

Why this Scheme?

Under this scheme, the Central Government takes care of any interest component that arises during the moratorium phase of an education loan taken by economically weaker students. The moratorium usually comprises of the duration of the course and an additional time of 12 months after completion of the programme or 6 months after landing a job, whichever is earlier.

Loan Amount

Eligibility

  • The scheme is only available for economically weaker students who are pursuing technical or professional education studies in India. Economically weaker sections refer to families that earn a gross yearly income of Rs. 4.5 lakh or less
  • The students will have to show an income proof from such public authorities as are authorised by the state governments for certification of income status for this scheme and other central and state sector schemes
  • The scheme will be available to eligible students only once, either for their first undergraduate or post-graduate degree or diploma courses in the country. The subsidy shall also be applicable to integrated graduate and post-graduate courses
  • The scheme will not apply to students who stop pursuing studies or are expelled from the institute

Eligible Courses

  • The subsidy scheme will apply to courses from all accredited universities and institutions, and professional courses recognised by UGC, AICTE, etc. Find the list of courses and institutes on the HDFC Bank website

Interest

  • The interest rates charged on the educational loan apply as per the type of education loan scheme chosen
  • Once the moratorium phase ends, the student will be liable to pay the interest on the outstanding loan amount in accordance with the provisions of the Educational Loan Scheme of Banks. The government of India will only the bear the interest expenses arising during the moratorium period

Tags with Certificates

  • The certificates of students who have availed the scheme will have a tag or a marker that indicate their repayment liabilities to future employers

Other Features to Know

  • This is a comprehensive model educational loan scheme that was formulated by the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for adoption by all scheduled banks and aims at providing financial support from the banking system to deserving or meritorious students to pursue higher education in the country or abroad
  • The disbursement of interest subsidy claims to HDFC Bank shall be on a semi-annual or annual basis, as decided by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India
  • The nodal bank for the scheme is Canara Bank

Note: If a borrower is found to have availed the interest subsidy by submitting false documents then the subsidy will be withdrawn. The subsidy already paid will be recovered with penal interest. Criminal action will also be taken against the borrower as per extant laws.

Reference Facts

  • HDFC Bank Website: www.hdfcbank.com
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Call Centre Toll-Free Number: 1860 267 6161