Last Modified : May 08, 2018
Union Bank of India or popularly known as UBI is one of the largest government owned banks in India. 98 years old, the bank have grown its roots tremendously. Today, UBI owns nearly 4214 branches and 6909 ATMS in country and overseas. Four of UBI’s branches are located in Hong Kong, Dubai, Antwerp and Sydney (Australia).
Many students in our country aspire to study abroad to enhance their academic knowledge but they lack due to financial constraints. Union Bank of India have launched distinct education loan scheme like Union Education. UBI have been very active in supporting students financially, thus these loans are provided with maximum benefits to the students
Interested students can also avail for various other schemes such as Central Sector Interest Subsidy Scheme for Education Loan, and Padho Pardesh Interest Subsidy Scheme for Education Loans to students belonging to Minority Community to ease their loan liability.
Union Bank of India launched this scheme to provide financial assistance to deserving meritorious students who wish to pursue education overseas. The loan is extended with maximum benefits to ease the monetary burden from students and their parents/ guardians.
Eligibility to avail Union Education
Key Points of Union Education
Present rate of Interest
Interest Rate (for Male Students)
Interest Rate (for Female Students)
Upto 7.50 Lacs
Above 7.50 Lacs
Upto INR 4 Lacs: Nil
Above INR 4 lacs: 15%
Maximum Loan Limit
INR 30 Lacs
Less than INR 4 Lacs: No Collateral required
From INR 4 to 7.5 Lacs: Guarantee of bank approved third party
Above INR 7.5 Lacs: Collateral Security equal to amount of loan
Assignment of students future salary towards the bank
Course Period + 1 year
Repayment of the loan can be done after the moratorium period by mode of EMI
Courses covered under Union Education
Expenses covered under Union Education
Documents required for Union Education
Padho Pardesh - Education loan scheme for overseas studies to minority community students
Padho Pardesh scheme was founded under the initiative of Prime Ministers new 15 point programme to benefit the minority community. Padho Pardesh scheme of Interest Subsidy on education loans for overseas studies aims to promote academic advancement of students belonging to minority communities. The scheme provides 100% interest subsidy to students belonging to minority community
Q. How to Avail UBI’s ‘Padho Pardesh’ Subsidy Scheme?
Answer: Students can yield benefits of the scheme by following the below mentioned procedure:
Courses covered under Padho Pardesh Scheme
Courses that are covered by Government of India under this scheme are as follows:
Arts/ Humanities/ Social Sciences
Bio- technology/ Genetic Engineering
Industrial Environmental Engineering
Automation Robotics including artificial intelligence
Low Temperature Thermal Dynamics
Art Restoration Technology
Dock and Harbour Engineering
Imaging System Technology
Composite Materials Engineering including Decentralized power
Packaging Engineering/ Technology
Information Technology including Computer Engineering, Software, Software Quality assurance, etc.
Industrial Safety Engineering
Agriculture & Agro Technology
Floriculture & Landscaping
Forestry & Natural Resources
Food Sciences & Technology
Farm Power & Machinery
Soils & Water Management
Plant Breeding & Genetics
Small- scale Rural Technology
Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
*The courses might change as per discretion of Ministry
Dr. Ambedkar Central Sector Scheme of Interest Subsidy on Education Loan for overseas studies for OBCs and other economically backward classes. This scheme is implemented by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
The scheme was launched to provide financial assistance to deserving students belong to OBC Community or other backward classes.
Key Details about the Scheme
Q. What schemes does Union Bank of India considers for its education loans?
Answer: There are multiple other schemes offered by Union Bank of India apart from the basic education loan. These are:
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 Union Bank of India?
Answer: There is no age restriction as stated by Union Bank of India. Borrowers must fulfil other eligibility criteria mentioned.
Q. Are minors eligible to apply for Union Bank of India 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 Union Bank of India 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 Union Bank of India 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 Union Bank of India 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 Union Bank of India?
Q. What all is included in tangible collateral security?
Answer: Mostly Union Bank of India asks tangible security in lieu of the loan amount sanctioned along with assignment of future salaries in favour of Union Bank of India. 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 Union Bank of India 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 Union Bank of India education loan are:
Q. Will my travel expense will be covered if I take loan from Union Bank of India?
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: Union Bank of India offers no special benefits to students admitted in top premier institutes abroad.
Q. What is the processing fee or prepayment charges?
Answer: The education loan offered by Union Bank of India does not carry any prepayment charges/ processing fee/ documentation charges.
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:
Q. Are diploma or certificate courses considered under Union Bank of India education Loan (both for India and Abroad)?
Answer: Diploma/ Certificate courses are eligible under Union Bank of India Education Loan for abroad. Regular degree like, shipping, pilot training, and aeronautical that are approved by Director General of Civil Aviation or Shipping can be considered.
Q. Is a co-borrower necessary for loan?
Answer: Yes, it is mandatory to have a co-borrower to avail loan from Union Bank of India.
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:
Q. How many guarantors do I need to borrow loan from Union Bank of India?
Answer: You need at least 2 guarantors to avail loan from Union Bank of India.
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: The maximum term for repayment is 15 years for Union Bank Education Loan
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
Q. What are the charges for late EMI payment?
Answer: 24% per annum on outstanding amount is charged for the late EMI payment and INR 500 for every bounced cheque.
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: Interest rate education loan scheme provided by Union Bank of India are:
Q. The Interest Rate for Union Education Loan is
Interest Rate (for Male Students)
Interest Rate (for Female Students)
Upto 7.50 Lacs
Above 7.50 Lacs
Q. What is interest subsidy on education loan?
Answer: Union Bank of India offers
Q. What documents do I need to submit to avail interest subsidy scheme?
Answer: The documents that need to be submitted are:
Q. If I am availing loan for overseas studies, can I also avail interest subsidy scheme?
Answer: CSIS Scheme is not available for students who wish to pursue overseas studies whereas Padho Pardesh and ACSISOBCEBC is formulated for foreign education.
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 Union Bank of India?
Answer: Union Bank of India provides Group Life Insurance Cover Scheme for education loan borrowers. The premium of which will be borne by the bank
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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