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Taking a student loan? Watch out for these 9 things

Last updated on: July 12, 2013 18:12 IST

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P V Subramanyam

A simple checklist for all those students who plan to go for an education loan.

So you have the admission letter to an expensive school and the fees is to be paid. Your parents cannot (or will not) pay the fees and you have to now borrow the amount of money that you need.

So you MUST borrow if you want that education; so there is no great choice, right? Well, if you must borrow, do so, but keep the following in mind:

1. Borrow as little and as late as possible: The week the money comes from the lender it should be paid out to the college: So if your last day for paying fees is July 31, make sure that your loan is disbursed on say July 23, not on the 5th of the month and the money lies in your own account for quite some time.

2. Borrow the minimum amount that you HAVE TO borrow: Use most of your past savings, scholarships, money from parent, etc. And then go and borrow the minimum amount that you MUST.


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3. Look real hard for part time work and save up that money.

4. Remember that CIBIL is watching your repayment -- so take decently difficult loan amounts, but not so difficult to make you gasp and default.

5. Now all your credit is being watched -- so behave well with your credit card, vehicle loan, etc.

6. Be prepared for a recession when you finish! It is not the most encouraging advice, but be careful about a recession exactly when you finish your degree. Ouch it hurts, but being prepared is better than not being prepared.


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7. When you start to repay, stretch on repay. However if you cannot, GO TO THE LENDER before he comes to you. But remember 'deferment' hurts real bad. It is just a way of postponing your payment -- and in that period of deferment interest at high rates are being recovered from YOU. So be careful.

8. A foreign degree is useful only if you are seeking to make a career abroad. That in turn depends on whether you really want to live abroad all your life. Very, very good high quality Indian education is available, explore that first.

9. For all higher studies many scholarships are available exhaust them first. See, research, re-research, ask around, etc. You may land up with some part scholarships. After all these efforts will help you arrive at a sum of money that you MUST borrow.


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