SBI cuts education loan rates by up to 100 bps

Written by fe Bureau | Mumbai | Updated: Feb 28 2012, 08:59am hrs
The countrys largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), on Monday cut interest rates on education loans by up to 100 basis points.

To extend financial assistance to students pursuing higher education in India and abroad, at affordable rate, the bank has reduced rates for loans up to R10 lakh for studies in India and up to R20 lakhs for studies abroad effective from today, SBI said in a release.

While the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left policy rates untouched at its last meeting, banks have been trimming lending rates on specific products to attract borrowers. Education loans are a part of SBI's long-term strategy to woo youngsters. The idea is to lend to the youth and, later, sell them other products.

A 25-bps rate cut was introduced for education loans of up to R4 lakh and above R7.5 lakh. The new rates for these loans would be 13.5% and 12%, respectively. For loans between

R4 lakh and R7.5 lakh, the interest rate has been reduced by 100 bps to 13.25%. The base rate of the bank is 10%.

Under the SBI scholar loan scheme, the bank extend loans to students joining elite institutions like IIMs/IITs/NITs. At present, 111 institutes are covered under this scheme and loans up to R15 lakh are given, said the bank. Loans are sanctioned without any security, except parent or guardian as co-borrower. The rate of interest under this scheme has also been reduced by 25bps. Thus, the new rate of interest is 200 bps above the base rate, it said. In addition, the bank provides 0.50% additional concession for girl students and 1% concession for the entire tenure of loan, if the full interest is serviced during the moratorium period, including the course duration.