Does SBI require payment of interest on education loans during the moratorium period, or can it be deferred until after?

Asked by C H Yashrith about 2 years ago

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paul larsenee

paul larsenee

Head of Capital Markets at Williams Trading, LLC

Hello there, as per my research on this question and SBI’s repayment conditions, after an individual takes an education loan its repayment starts after the moratorium period i.e. one year after the course completion or 6 months after securing a job, whichever is earlier

 


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Abhiyudaya Chauhan

Abhiyudaya Chauhan

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When you take an education loan from the State Bank of India (SBI), there is a moratorium period which generally includes the duration of your course plus an additional six months after graduation. This period is designed to give students time to complete their education and find employment before they need to start repaying the loan.

During this moratorium period, interest is indeed accrued on the loan amount. This interest is calculated at a simple interest rate, not compounded, which means it doesn't grow as quickly as it would with compounding interest. However, this interest will be added to the principal amount once the repayment period begins, effectively increasing the total amount you will owe.

Borrowers have the option to pay this interest during the moratorium period. If you choose to pay the interest as it accrues, you can prevent it from being added to the loan principal, which can significantly reduce the overall burden of debt. This can be a financially prudent move if you have the means to do so during your studies. If not, you will need to repay this interest along with the principal once the moratorium period ends and regular loan repayment begins.


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Neema Nigam

Neema Nigam

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When securing an education loan from SBI Bank, understanding the terms of the moratorium period is crucial. During this period, you are not required to pay the principal amount; however, the interest does accumulate. Typically, you have the option to pay this interest or allow it to capitalize, which means it will be added to your principal amount. If you choose not to pay the interest during the moratorium, you will face a higher loan balance once the repayment period commences, resulting in higher monthly payments.

Financially, it's advisable to pay the interest during the moratorium if possible, as this will help keep the overall cost of the loan lower. Planning your finances to accommodate these interest payments can be beneficial in the long run, reducing the total interest burden and easing future financial commitments.


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Sonali Bisht

Sonali Bisht

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When considering an education loan from SBI Bank, a key aspect to understand is the structure of payments during the moratorium period.

The moratorium period for SBI education loans typically allows students to defer principal and interest payments while they are still in school and for a specified time after graduation, usually six months to one year. However, interest accrues on the loan during this period. The accrued interest can either be paid as it accumulates, which can reduce the overall burden later, or it can be capitalized, meaning added to the principal amount of the loan, which will increase the total amount of interest paid over the life of the loan.

Additionally, it’s important to consider the type of interest rate (fixed or floating) and the current economic trends which might affect the interest rates during and after your study period.

Choosing to pay the interest during the moratorium can significantly decrease the financial strain in the long term, as it prevents the interest from compounding. However, discussing your specific financial situation with a financial advisor or directly with the bank can provide tailored advice that considers your educational and financial goals.

 


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