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HDFC Credila Education Loan for Abroad

Last Modified : June 30, 2018

To ease the monetary burden from students, HDFC has launched HDFC Education Loan and HDFC Credila Education Loan Scheme to provide financial support to students who wish to pursue higher education from reputed universities in India or Abroad. 

With maximum loan benefits of 100% finance with attractive interest rates, flexible repayment terms, HDFC Credila aims to extend a helping hand to meritorious students and promote academic excellence amongst them with no financial constraints.

Government of India provides various interest subsidy schemes under Education Loans for India and Abroad offered by banks. Interested students can avail the scheme namely Central Government Interest Subsidy Scheme for HDFC Credila Education Loan to ease their loan liability.

Why HDFC Credila Education Loan?

  • Doorstep service: HDFC Credila believes in providing comfort and convenience to the borrower and his/ her family. Hence, the Doorstep Service is available where the documents can be collected at students home to avoid multiple branch visits.
  • Upto 100% Finance: No Margin Money signifies that HDFC Credila covers upto 100% of education cost without charging any margin money from the borrower.
  • Tax benefits: HDFC Credila helps you save with attractive tax benefits under Section 80E. Tax Benefit significantly lowers the effective rate of interest and makes your education loan cost-effective. 
  • Loan Pre-Approval before Confirmed Admission: To avoid any last minute hassles, HDFC Credila provides the benefit to plan finances for education even before the confirmation of admission. Loan Sanction letter can be used as proof of funds to ensure a smooth journey to your dream college.

What makes you eligible for HDFC Credila Education Loan?

  • Indian National
  • Above 18 years.
  • Graduation/ post-graduation courses
  • Co-applicant is must for full-time programmers
  • Co-applicant must be a member of an immediate family

Quick Facts about HDFC Credila Education Loan


    No margin required, HDFC Credila finances upto 100% cost of education


    Maximum Loan Limit

    Approves loan amount above INR 20 Lacs


    If loan is upto 4 lacs- No security required

    Above INR 4 Lacs and upto INR 7.50 Lacs: collateral security in form of third party guarantee

    Above INR 7.50 Lacs: Tangible collateral security in form of residential property, HDFC fixed deposit, LIC, or any other policy.

    Moratorium Period

    Course Period + 1 year or 6 months after getting job

    Repayment (Maximum)

    Can be paid as monthly installments via ECS debits

    Prepayment Charges

    If the loan is pre closed within 12 month from date of agreement: 4% of principle amount + taxes

    If the loan is fore closed after 12 months: 2% of principle amount + taxes

    Processing Fee

    1.5% of Loan

    Additional Facts about HDFC Credila Education Loan

    • Flexible loan terms
    • Hassle-free documentation process
    • Attractive Rate of Interests
    • Range of over 950 courses

    Courses Approved under HDFC Credila Education Loan

    • Graduation, Post-Graduation, Doctorate courses 
    • Technical, Professional or any other Job Oriented courses 
    • Degree/ Diploma courses like Aeronautical, Pilot Training, Shipping, etc. (approved by Director General of Civil Aviation/ Shipping in India) 

    Expenses Covered under HDFC Credila Education Loan

    • Tuition fee 
    • Examination Fee 
    • Library/ Laboratory fee
    • Hostel Fee 
    • Cost of Books, equipment, instrument or uniforms
    • Miscellaneous expenses- study tours, project work, thesis, etc.
    • Travel expense (one-way travel)
    • Caution deposits and building fund
    • Reasonable cost of computer (if required)

    NOTE: Bank will directly disburse tuition fee and hostel fee to the institution

    Documents Required for HDFC Credila Education Loan

    • Education Proof: Admission letter with fee break up, I-20 form for US applicants, CAS letter for UK applicants, SSLC, HSC and Graduation mark sheets, and GRE/ GMAT/ TOEFL/ IELTS Mark sheets.
    • Income Proof
    • For salaried employees: Last three pay slips with date of joining, 6 months bank statements, Form 16 for previous year along with ITR
    • For Self Employed: ITR for last 2 year, Audited balance sheet of last 2 years’, 8 months bank statement, Proof of turnover
    • For Self Employed Professional: ITR for last 2 year, Audited balance sheet of last 2 years’ and P/L, 8 months bank statement, Proof of qualification
    • Other Documents
    • Proof of Age
    • Signature Proof- PAN/ Card/Passport for signature verification of borrower and co- borrower, Credila’s completed signature authentication form/ 10th or 12th Mark sheet with signature (for students below 21 years)
    • Identity Proof
    • Residence Proof
    • Properly Filled in Application Form
    • 2 Passport size Photographs


    Q. What schemes does HDFC Credila considers for its education loans?

    Answer: There are other multiple schemes offered by HDFC Credila apart from the basic education loans. These are:

    • CSIS
    • Padho Pardesh
    • Model Loan Scheme for Vocational Education and Training

    Q. In whose name is the loan granted?

    Answer: The loan is granted in the name of the student

    Q. Is the loan contract executed only in student’s name?

    Answer: No, the loan can be executed both in name of student and co-borrower as both are equally responsible for repayment of loan.

    Q. What is the age limit for availing loan in HDFC Credila?

    Answer: There is no age restriction for the applicant applying for education loan from HDFC Credila. He/ she should only meet the other stated eligibility criteria’s.

    Q. Are minors eligible to apply for HDFC Credila Education Loan?

    Answer: Yes, Minors aspiring for further studies can apply for education loan with help of legal representation from parents/ guardians.

    Q. What does margin on any loan mean?

    Answer: Margin amount is the amount that a borrower has to pay through his/ her own sources in form of a down payment as his/ her contribution towards the education.

    Q. Should the student’s margin be paid upfront in the starting?

    Answer: Margin can be paid on a year to year pro rata basis whenever bank disburses loan amount as per requirement.

    Q. Where can I avail HDFC Credila Education Loan?

    Answer: You can either contact your nearest branch for the application form or details regarding the loan or apply online from the official website.

    Q. Is there any provision to apply for loan online?

    Answer: : Yes, you can apply online through Vidyalakshmi portal to avail for this loan.

    Q. Can I view my loan statement online if I am an existing education loan borrower?

    Answer: Yes, by creating a login on HDFC Credila web portal, you can view all details related to education loan online.

    Q. Is there any minimum aggregate marks to meet the eligibility criteria to avail HDFC Credila education loan?

    Answer: Yes, a student must have secured a minimum aggregate marks in their last qualifying examination (10+2 or Graduation). Relaxation in the marks is given to SC/ ST students

    Q. What is the discount/ rebate offered by HDFC Credila?


    • 0.50% concession is given to girl students
    • Eligibility criteria and margin on education loan is relaxed for SC/ST students

    Q. What all is included in tangible collateral security?

    Answer: Mostly HDFC Credila asks tangible security in lieu of the loan amount sanctioned along with assignment of future salaries in favour of HDFC Credila. Tangible security includes documents related to land/ building/ government security/ public sector bonds/ units of UTI, NSC, Life insurance policy/ bank deposits/ shares or debentures. The value of the security should be equal to the education loan amount.

    Q. Can I place my family property as collateral?

    Answer: Yes, but it will need consent of all family members involved.

    Q. Is scholarship or assistantship included in the margin?

    Answer: Yes any scholarship or assistantship will be a part of margin charged on education loan.

    Q. What is Moratorium Period?

    Answer: Course Period plus one year, or six months after getting a job

    Q. What is tenure of an education loan?

    Answer: Tenure of education loan provided by HDFC Credila is maximum 15 years

    Q. What does MCLR stands for?

    Answer: MCLR stands for Marginal Cost of funds based Lending Rate. It refers to the minimum interest rate of bank below which it cannot lend.

    Q. What all expenses are covered under this course?

    Answer: Expenses covered by HDFC Credila education loan are:

    • Tuition/ college/ hostel fee
    • Examination/ lab/ library fee
    • Books/ uniform/ instruments
    • Caution deposit
    • Passage money for studies abroad, etc.

    Q. Will my travel expense will be covered if I take loan from HDFC Credila?

    Answer: Yes, travel expenses are covered under this loan

    Q. I have taken admission through management quota. Am I eligible?

    Answer: This depends totally on bank’s discretion as whether a student meets other eligibility criteria or not.

    Q. What do you mean by reputed or recognized institutes?

    Answer: Institutes that are affiliated to state/ central universities and comes under UGC or AICTE are considered as recognized institutes. Reputed institutes are those which are well known and have standard course of repute. More often, banks provide the list of institutes they consider for loan. (You can contact nearest branch for the same)

    Q. Are there any special benefits if I have secured admission to one of the top premier institutes?

    Answer: HDFC Credila does not provides any additional concession to students who have secured admission in top rated institutes

    Q. What is the processing fee or prepayment charges?

    Answer: The education loan offered by HDFC Credila does not carry any prepayment charges. 1% processing fee is charged that is refundable upon the acquisition of loan.

    Q. Will cost of my computer be covered under the loan sanctioned?

    Answer: Reasonable cost for the computer or laptop well be covered under the loan if it is required to complete the course. 

    Q. Why is Pan Card necessary?

    Answer: Pan Card is one of the mandatory document required by banks these days. It is mandatory because:

    • Easy to assess Income
    • Easy to trace borrowers

    Q. Are diploma or certificate courses considered under HDFC Credila education Loan (both for India and Abroad)?

    Answer: Diploma courses are eligible under HDFC Credila Education Loan. Regular degree or diploma courses like, shipping, pilot training, and aeronautical that are approved by Director General of Civil Aviation or Shipping.

    Q. Is a co-borrower necessary for loan?

    Answer: Yes, it is mandatory to have a co-borrower to avail loan from HDFC Credila.  

    Q. Who can be my co-borrower?

    Answer: Your parent/ spouse/ guardian can be a co-borrower. A co-borrower should be your immediate family member, should have a steady source of income, and a good credit history.

    Q. What all documents are required from the co-borrower?

    Answer: Documents required from the co-borrower are:

    • Attested copies of age proof, residence proof and birth date.
    • Self-attested passport size photograph
    • Income proof and/or copy of income tax return file
    • Details of collateral security along with government approved valuation certificate (if any).

    Q. How many guarantors do I need to borrow loan from HDFC Credila?

    Answer: You need at least 2 guarantors to avail loan from HDFC Credila.

    Q. What is the KYC requirement in education loan?

    Answer: KYC requirements are the documents as a proof of personal identification and residence proof of the applicant as well as the co-borrower.

    Q. What are maximum term for repayment?

    Answer: Maximum Term for repayment for Loan amount upto INR 7.50 Lacs is 10 years and maximum term for repayment is 15 years for loan amount above INR 7.50 Lacs

    Q. How can I repay the loan?

    Answer: You can repay the loan after the moratorium period by mode of EMI or through post- dated cheques.

    Q. What is EMI? How are they calculated?

    Answer: EMI stands for Equated Monthly Installments. It can be calculated by using the formula given below

    • EMI = [P x R x (1+R) ^n] / [(1+R)^ n-1]
    • Here, P is Amount of Education Loan, R is Rate of Interest, n is Tenure of the Loan.

    Q. Is the loan disbursed in name of individual applicant or to the institute/ university directly?

    Answer: The loan is disbursed directly to the institute/ university that you have taken admission to. Hence, an applicant is supposed to submit institute brochure with proper division of the fee

    Q. If I am unable to complete my course in given tenure, will my repayment term be extended?

    Answer: It is completely on the banks discretion to extend the moratorium period or not. It can be extended for maximum 2 years based on student’s reason. You can contact your nearest branch for more details.  

    Q. What is method of application of interest on education loan?

    Answer: The interest will be charged at simple rate from the date of disbursement till commencement of repayment of loan. After that, compound interest is charged on reducing balance. 

    Q. If I am joining the course soon after current course, can I get an extension?

    Answer: Mostly, in such cases, you do not get an extension and even if you do there is a possibility that interest rates are higher

    Q. What is interest rate of education loan?

    Answer: The interest rate is different for different loan offered. Refer the bank for the same.

    Q. What is interest subsidy on education loan?

    Answer: HDFC Credila offers

    • Model Loan Scheme for Vocational Education and Training for students who wish to pursue vocational courses
    • Padho Pardesh Scheme for minority sector students who wish to pursue their studies abroad.
    • Interest Subsidy scheme for economically weaker sections and to promote education amongst them

    Q. What documents do I need to submit to avail interest subsidy scheme?

    Answer: The documents that need to be submitted are:

    • Income certificate issued by authorised authorities
    • Bonafide student certificate
    • Letter of undertaking or declaration signed by borrower/ co-borrower

    Q. If I am availing loan for overseas studies, can I also avail interest subsidy scheme?

    Answer: No, the interest subsidy scheme is available only for studies applying for studies in India.

    Q. What is employment verification in an education loan?

    Answer: The bank takes the responsibility to cross verify all the employment details of the applicant and co-borrower. If the banks fails to cross verify every detail provided, it might reject the loan application.

    Q. Are there any tax benefits in education loans?

    Answer: Under Section 80E of Income Tax Act, loan borrowers can avail the tax benefits. This benefit is only available over and above INR 1,50,000. Tax benefits can be availed once the borrower starts paying interest on loan. The deduction is available until borrower pays off full interest amount on loan or for maximum of 8 years (whichever is earlier).

    Q. Is it necessary to have bank account with the bank while availing loan from that particular bank?

    Answer: It is not necessary to have a bank account while availing the loan but it makes it easier for the borrower to get loan application approved.

    Q. Can I repay my loan in foreign currency even if my bank is in India?

    Answer: Yes, you can pay the amount in foreign currency (Euro, Pound, Dollar, etc.) The bank might charge an additional currency conversion fee as per RBI regulations.

    Q. Why do banks require insurance policy as security?

    Answer: The banks require insurance policy as security in lieu of education loan provided. The insurance policy should be equal or more to the amount of loan sanctioned. In case of untimely demise of the borrower, the bank recovers the amount from the insurance policy

    Q. Are there any additional benefits on availing loan from HDFC Credila?

    Answer: There is no additional benefit mentioned by HDFC Credila. Students may contact the official website for the same.

    Q. What is credit score? Is it important for education loan?

    Answer: Credit Score is inclusive of various factors such as credit history (Loan history or credit card). If a student does not have a credit score, banks calculate it by considering factors such as University, College and the Course of admission. Banks consider the academic background of student and credit history of co-borrower.

    Q. Are NRIs eligible for the education loan?

    Answer: NRIs are eligible for the loan if they have Indian citizenship and are Indian passport holder.

    Q. Is Visa a necessary document for studying abroad?

    Answer: Visa is needed as a document proof but it is not a sole requirement.

    Q. What all procedures do one have to go through while applying for abroad?

    Answer: A student who is applying for studying abroad have to give necessary documents required by the bank. One needs to have a thorough knowledge of the course they are applying for and in which institute as it can be asked on the airport by the foreign officials.

    Q. If a student have any query, where or whom to contact?

    Answer: student can reach out to the nearest branch in case of any query.

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