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Acquiring a foreign qualification was a distant dream for many, even with decent financial backing, with virtually no loans being available, as the amount required was too much of a burden for most of them. Things have changed for the good, with banks both in public sector and private sector, offering educational loans for overseas studies, which has resulted in increasing number of students from middle class and lower middle class families materializing their overseas study aspirations, banking on these loans. However, there are many doubts in the minds of students and parents, especially with regard to its loan processing, documents required repayment etc. Let us look at the process one by one.

Figure out the total amount you would require

Before applying for an overseas education loan, it is always better to take in to account how much money you would require for the entire study abroad stint. One has to consider tuition fees, boarding and lodging expenses, books, insurance, travel cost etc before deciding on the loan amount required, so that even after getting an education loan passed, you are not cash strapped.

Approach banks

Now that you have clarity on the amount required, the next step would be to approach banks, most preferably those near to your place of residence, as it would make things smoother as far as the processing is concerned. Though one can consider public sector as well as private sector banks, Public sector banks should be your first priority, considering the lower interest rates, repayment options etc are concerned, whereas new generation banks are known for quick processing of such loans.

 Check your eligibility

The most important thing to know is whether you are you eligible for an education loan.  Enquire whether one’s parental income would suffice to meet the eligibility criteria, whether you have sufficient collateral security like house, flat, non-agricultural land or fixed deposit, to support the loan? These are vital in determining your eligibility for an education loan.

Have full clarity about the loan

Taking education loan is a big commitment, one which needs proper knowledge about different aspects of the loan one is taking.  One should not only compare the rate of interest.   Any decision to select a loan should be taken in to account consider many factors. Know the terms of your loan? What the interest rate will be?  When the repayment period will begin? One should also consider other factors like flexibility to pay from abroad, online customer services etc. The golden rule is, do not leave anything to speculation.

Arrange documents according to the check list

Getting a check list and preparing necessary documents as per the check list can save your precious time and to expedite the processing. The documents generally required are as follows, but may vary from bank to bank

  •   Identity and   proof of residence if you are not an existing bank customer
  •  Proof of admission to the course
  •  Schedule of expenses for the course
  •  Copies of letter confirming scholarship, etc
  •  Copies of foreign exchange permit, if applicable.
  •  Passport size photographs
  •  Bank account statement   for the last six months
  •  Income tax assessment order not more than 2 years old
  •  Brief statement of assets and liabilities of borrower

Get a confirmation on the loan processing period

It normally takes 10 to 30 days for education loan processing, though it can stretch beyond that depending on particular cases. It is always better to apply for overseas education loan well in advance,  anticipating any such possible delays so that you do not have a problem in securing admission owing to paucity of funds. Following up with the bank manager once in a week would help you gauge the movement of your file and take necessary measures accordingly.

Need more information on overseas education loans, contact Santa Monica study abroad Pvt. Ltd., the trusted overseas education facilitation with over 13 years of experience in the domain, facilitating admission to over 200 universities/institutions to 20 + countries across the world. Contact us on 0484-4140999.


Education loans to fund your study abroad dreams

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With well informed parents and children settling for nothing short of best education, the number of students embarking on overseas studies is increasing day by day.  With the stellar growth experienced in the country in the last few years coupled with technological changes and growth of the internet, top notch universities/ institutions around the globe are closer than never before. It is a common sight to see scores of students, visiting seminars venues and overseas education expos accompanied by their parents, with palpable excitement of finding a course abroad that fits their Interests and aspirations, which they sadly miss in Indian universities and colleges.

However it is observed that, many students, who seem highly positive about embarking on abroad studies, drop their plan when the stage comes for raising money.  Though higher education   does not come cheap by any means, considering this as a long term investment with high returns and relatively easy availability of education loans there is no point why one should end his /her overseas education dream for the paucity of Funds when one can avail education loan up to 25 lakhs for financing their education abroad.

The main hindrance observed here is the lack of information or misinformation regarding the process involved in securing education loans.  Banks have a well defined criterion for sanctioning loans and knowing about them can reduce your effort by at least half. The first things is with regard to the eligibility criteria, which stipulates that

  • The student seeking educational loan should be Indian national.
  • The student should have secured admission to professional/ technical course through entrance test /selection program.
  • The student should have secured admission to foreign university/institution.

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Documents required for applying for an education loan includes

  • Signed and completed Application form,
  • PP size photographs, Photo-ID of the co-applicant if any,
  •  Residence proof of the applicant and co-applicant
  • Academic documents of the student
  •  proof of admission to the course/scholarship/foreign exchange permit,
  • Estimation of expenditure of entire period of study and financial documents which include 8 months bank statement of the applicant and co-applicant, Income proof, proof for collaterals – Immovable property (flat, House, Non-agricultural land, etc

It is always ideal for students to avail Education loans from nationalized banks which are recognized by the Immigration Authorities in countries like UK, Canada, New Zealand etc. The loans are offered with a moderate interest rate allowing enough time to pay back (normally over a period of 5 to 7 years) after one year of studies or six months of getting employed, based on various factors and subject to providing securities equivalent to the amount available

Your trusted overseas education consultant, Santa Monica Study Abroad have special arrangements with Banks to support students in facilitating the preliminary documentation and ensuring a timely and hassle-free loan disbursement. Santa Monica has set up a Special helpdesk for students seeking Bank Loan assistance to guide the students appropriately regarding the procedures and documentation required for availing bank loans for education. Reach us on 0484 -4140999 to know more

* The details in the blog pertaining to eligibility criteria and documents required are to be taken as a general rule followed by the banks and are subject to change from bank to bank and from time to time.


Ways to fund for overseas education


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Studying abroad – planning is essential to ensure that adequate funds are at disposal when needed. Moreover, while applying for the student visa, you need to show proof of sufficient funds to cover at least the first year of education.

Education today is the key to professional success and is treated as an investment by parents who are willing to run that extra mile to give their child the best possible education. In recent years, education has been globalised which has increased awareness of the best institutes worldwide or even the fact that under grad, grad education can be done aboard.

This has resulted in more and more Indian students going to various countries for education; be it for grad courses or post grad courses. Studying abroad is expensive and at times the cost can be as high as six times that of the cost in India and hence planning needs to be done to ensure that sufficient funds are at disposal when needed. This is essential because to apply for the student visa, you need to show proof of funds sufficient to cover at least the first year of education.

In 2009, India ranked number 1 (103,260 students) among the international students studying in the US. If you are planning further education in the United States of America (U.S.A), mentioned below is a brief guide on what options are available for funding your education.

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University/College Funding Option/Financial Aid

The first thing that comes to your mind is an education loan. But even before you opt for an educational loan, make sure you tap the university/college funding option.

·         Undergraduate and graduate courses

Many universities offer financial assistance to international students primarily based on merit and rarely on poor financial background. The amount and type of assistance offered varies for different universities, departments and level of study. Assistance of funds is more likely for graduate studies and less in undergraduate courses. Also funds are more likely to be available in fields like engineering, physical and biological sciences, rather than humanities, social sciences and management.

In order to seek financial assistance, you need to submit the institution’s financial aid application form and the foreign student’s financial aid form, which will be provided by the college and will be administered by the board’s college scholarship service. In addition, some details will be required which may include

·         Your total personal annual income if any

·         Total annual income of your parents

·         Your average annual living expenses

·         Some details of you and your parents’ assets

You need not be disillusioned if you do not get the financial aid at the onset, because many students manage to get some financial aid from the university/college after a couple of semesters.


·         Post-graduate degrees

Postgraduate students have to indicate their requirement for financial aid at the time of filling in the application form. The different types of financial help available include:

Tuition waiver: This means that the student does not have to pay the tuition fees at the university. However, general fees (for the use of university facilities like the library, computers, and sports and health services) usually have to be borne by the student. A tuition waiver is frequently awarded in conjunction with a scholarship or teaching/research assistantship.

Scholarship / Fellowship: This is usually an outright grant based on the student’s academic ability and performance. Hence, only a truly outstanding student may be considered for this type of award, before being enrolled at the university. A full scholarship would pay for a student’s entire living expenses at that university, whereas a partial scholarship would require additional funds from the student.

Assistantship: Most students, who receive assistance, usually do so in the form of an assistantship, i.e. a cash stipend sufficient for their living expenses, and/or tuition waiver. To get this, they have to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. This work normally consists of teaching and research activities. Information brochures of most universities give this information. Often, students will have to prove teaching and research abilities before the assistantship is granted. Hence, many universities grant this only after the first semester. You may also be required to take TSE (Test of Spoken English) to qualify for a teaching assistantship.

Other Sources of funding

There are several other sources of funding available for students applying for colleges/universities in the US, especially for grad and undergrad courses. You need to do adequate research on the same. Some of the websites that may be useful in this regard include a website on financial aid for international students and NAFSA Association of International Educators

Who should apply for financial aid?

·         Students having high Standardized Examination scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL among others)

·         Students having evidence of a high level of academic achievement

·         Students having teaching experience in a subject offered at the undergraduate level (to increase opportunities for a teaching assistantship)

·         Students having outstanding letter(s) of recommendation and an impressive statement of purpose.

·         Students having research interest which parallels that of the department and faculty or private funding source ( it increases opportunities for research assistantships and grants)

Education Loan

·         International student loan

For an education loan in the US, international students are required to have a US Citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer to apply for the loan. The co-signer must have had good credit history and good employment history (or other income history if the co-signer is not employed). A good US co-signer is critical to getting your loan approved and priced reasonably. The better your co-signer, the better your interest rate will be. The co-signer is responsible for paying back the loan should you default on it. So if you do not have a co-signer in the US, you cannot explore this option. However, there are some banks that waive the co-signer requirement for specific schools.  You should check this information from the school website. E.g. Citibank provides loans to international students admitted to Harvard Business School without a co-signer.


  • ·         No collateral is required
  • ·         Repayment terms are flexible
  • ·         The loan is paid directly to the student giving him the flexibility to spend the money
  • ·         No application fee is levied

·         Interest rate is much lower in comparison to that charged in India. If you apply through a creditworthy co-signer, you will get a low rate of interest. Interest rates are variable and will be essential LIBOR plus a margin and will be reset monthly. The margin will be set by the lender depending on the credit history of the co-signer.
So if you have a co-signer, then taking an international education loan make prove to be financially beneficial because of the low interest rates and flexible repayment terms.

Educational loan from an Indian Bank

If you are unable to get a loan in the US, the next option is to obtain one in India.


  • ·         Admission should be confirmed
  • ·         Loans are not given for correspondence courses
  • ·         Past academic record of the loan seeker should be satisfactory.

·         Collateral: Usually for loans up to Rs. 4 lakh, no collateral security is required. For loans ranging from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 7.50 lakh, collateral in the form of a satisfactory third party guarantee is required. For loans above Rs. 7.50 lakhs, 100 per cent collateral in any of the form of Immovable property / NSC / Units of UTI / LIC policy / RBI Bonds or any transferable Government securities is required

·         Repayment: Repayment has to start 6 months after the completion of the course or if the person gets a job immediately after completing the course, one-month after getting the job. The maximum time given for the repayment is 15 years counted from the date of the first disbursement.

·         Interest: Banks offer a choice between fixed and floating rate. Most nationalized banks offer variable rates while private and foreign banks charge fixed rates. The rate can vary between 10 per cent and 15 per cent.

·         No prepayment penalty is levied