Student loan cutbacks not expected to land on Trump’s desk this year

Student loan cutbacks not expected to land on Trump’s desk this year

Republicans who were eager to impose new restrictions on federal student lending and loan forgiveness are likely to be stymied this year by Democrats. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. No more PLUS loans for grad students! Public Service Loan Forgiveness to be eliminated! No more subsidized student loans! If you see some scary-looking headlines like these about legislation making its way through Congress in coming weeks, you can probably take them with a grain of salt. Republicans who were eager to impose new restrictions on federal student lending and loan forgiveness are likely…

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A student’s guide to taking and repaying an education loan

A student’s guide to taking and repaying an education loan

It’s easier and cheaper to get an education loan today than it was five years ago. This is largely because of the increased push by the central government to popularise such loans and greater competition among lenders following the entry of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) into this space. Though better education loan availability is a plus, experts say borrowers need to carry out ‘due diligence’ that they would do before taking any other loan. These are the following steps that need to be considered. Several private institutes have education loan desks of…

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How Postponing Student Loan Payments Raises Costs

How Postponing Student Loan Payments Raises Costs

It may be better to pay at least a small amount towards student debt through income-based repayment programs than to choose forbearance and accrue capitalized interest. (SIphotography/Getty Images) Postponing payment on student loans can be tempting for many new graduates who feel cash-crunched, but doing so can lead to ballooning payments down the road. Borrowers can postpone their monthly loan payments with forbearance, but unpaid interest during forbearance still accrues and capitalizes. This means accrued interest is added to the principal, and the interest will be calculated based on the new, higher balance. “I went the…

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Education loan a boon, but interest rate a pinch: Students

Education loan a boon, but interest rate a pinch: Students

BENGALURU: While education loans help many students pursue higher education in the country, they are seen as a burden when it comes to higher interest rates. Rajesh Bhatt, who is pursuing M Tech in highway technology at the governmentrun Sri Krishnarajendra Silver Jubilee Technological Institute, is still haunted by the burden of an educational loan he’d availed from a nationalised bank while studying his engineering degree, though he has been managing to pay it off. “Without taking a loan it is not possible to study engineering even at a government college….

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Ministers under fire as student loan interest hits 6.3%

Ministers under fire as student loan interest hits 6.3%

The rate rise affects students who started after 2012. Photograph: Alamy Ministers are facing renewed criticism over university funding after an increase in student loan borrowing costs using a “flawed” measure of inflation. The interest rate on loans for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will rise by up to 6.3% from September, up from the current 6.1% for anyone who started studying after 2012. The change is a consequence of the increase in the retail price index (RPI) for last month to 3.3% from 3.1% in March a…

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Are you paying education loan; here’s how you can avail tax benefit

Are you paying education loan; here’s how you can avail tax benefit

Among many categories of debt, education loan is one of them which helps students to accomplish their studies either in India or in foreign country. With this financial support, provided at low-interest rates, youngsters have been facilitated by the government to pursue their dreams. Here are key benefits of education loan, as per PolicyBazaar. Anyone can opt for Education loan to study in India for graduate, post-graduate, professional and/or doctoral courses/degrees.  Loan cannot be assigned to the student alone, the parent or guardian needs to be co-signor for the loan….

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Education loan defaults soar 47% on weak job market

Education loan defaults soar 47% on weak job market

HIGHLIGHTS A weak job market and wilful default by even those in well-paying jobs have hit the education loan portfolio of state-run banks. Non-performing assets soared by almost 47% between March 2015 and last March, data shared in Parliament showed. The problem is so acute for at least five lenders that the stock of bad loans has more than doubled. NEW DELHI: A weak job market and wilful default by even those in well-paying jobs have hit the education loan portfolio of state-run banks with non-performing assets soaring by almost…

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Rising NPAs in education loan add to banks stress

Rising NPAs in education loan add to banks stress

Education loans too have started bleeding the banking sector with the default in repayment rising to 7.67 per cent of the outstanding amount at March- end, 2017 from 5.7 per cent two years ago. As per the data compiled by the Indian Banks Association (IBA), the total outstanding education loan at end of the fiscal 2016-17 was Rs 67,678.5 crore, of which Rs 5,191.72 crore was NPA. The government is already struggling to deal with the problem of mounting NPA in the public sector banks and has drawn a mega…

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Rising NPAs in education loan add to banks stress

Rising NPAs in education loan add to banks stress

Education loans too have started bleeding the banking sector with the default in repayment rising to 7.67 per cent of the outstanding amount at March- end, 2017 from 5.7 per cent two years ago. As per the data compiled by the Indian Banks Association (IBA), the total outstanding education loan at end of the fiscal 2016-17 was Rs 67,678.5 crore, of which Rs 5,191.72 crore was NPA. The government is already struggling to deal with the problem of mounting NPA in the public sector banks and has drawn a mega…

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Can’t take education loan off NPA: Finance minister

Can’t take education loan off NPA: Finance minister

TRICHY: The union ministry of finance refused to exempt education loans from non-performing asset (NPA) citing that Reserve Bank of India is against the exemption for maintaining credit discipline.  In a letter to the Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, MP Trichy Siva has urged not to bring education loans under NPA since non-payment of educational loan is affecting their Credit Information Bureau of India Limited (CIBIL) score.  Citing data from 2016, he highlighted that educational loan accounts for only 6.94 percent of the loans from banks. In the letter, he said that 37 percent of…

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