Central Scheme to provide Interest Subsidy

Central Scheme for Interest Subsidy has been announced by Ministry of HRD for providing interest on Education Loans during moratorium for technical and professional courses for studies in India under the IBA Model Education Loan Scheme for students from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) with annual gross parental/family income upto Rs. 4.50 lacs per annum from the academic year 2009-10.

Eligibility for Interest Subsidy

The interest subsidy under the scheme shall be available to the eligible students only once either for the first undergraduate degree course or the post graduate degree/diploma in India. Interest subsidy shall however, be admissible for integrated courses (graduate plus postgraduate).

Interest subsidy under this scheme shall not be available for those students once they discontinue the course midstream, or who are expelled from the institutions on disciplinary or academic grounds. However, the interest subsidy will be available only if the discontinuation was due to medical grounds for which necessary documentation to the satisfaction of the Head of educational institution will have to be given.

The scheme shall be implemented through Canara Bank, which is the Nodal Bank for the Ministry of Human Resources Development.

The scheme is applicable from the academic year 2009-10 starting 1st April 2009. The scheme is applicable only in respect of disbursements made by the Banks on or after 1st April, 2009 for the academic year 2009-10, irrespective of date of sanctioning. In case of loans sanctioned prior to 1.4.2009, for the courses beginning prior to academic year 2009-10, the interest subsidy is available to the extent of disbursements made after 1.4.2009.

The disbursement of Interest Subsidy Claims to the Banks shall be on half-yearly or yearly basis which has to be worked out in consultation with the Ministry of HRD.

Moratorium Period

Under the Scheme, the interest payable on the Educational Loan for the moratorium period i.e., Course Period plus one year as will be borne by the Government of India. After the period of moratorium, the interest on the outstanding loan amount shall be paid by the student, in accordance with the provisions of the existing Model Educational Loan Scheme of Banks and as may be amended from time to time.

Income Limit/Proof

The benefits of the Scheme is applicable to students belonging to economically weaker sections, with having parental income upto Rs. 4.5 lacs per year (from all sources). Income proof is required from authorised Public authority of the State Government. The present scheme is intended to cater to the needs of students belonging to economically weaker sections with prescribed upper parental gross income limit of the family from all sources, which is based on economic index and not on social background- The scheme is independent of any other schemes which may cater to EWS.

Application procedures

1. Collect the necessary documents required for education loan subsidy application

2. CSIS : Income certificate and loan agreement.

3. Visit the nearest branch of the bank which provides you the education loan.

4. Ask for an Education Loan Subsidy Application form.

5. Fill in the required details and submit your documents with the application.

6. Track your application regularly by seeking the status update from bank officials.

7. Provide additional documents as if requested by bank authorities.