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Education Loan for Indian Students


Strapped for cash? If it is about the fees you need to join the Indian Institute of Management or Indian Institute of Technology or any other professional course, for that matter, don't give up.

Consider an educational loan.

Not only will you be able to get the professional degree you want, you will even get a tax benefit when repaying the loan.

1 . What can you use the loan for?

The loan is for higher education in technology, engineering, architecture, medicine, management, applied or pure sciences, including mathematics and statistics.

Higher education refers to full-time graduate or post graduate courses.

2 . From where can you take the loan?

Any financial institution, bank or an approved charitable institution.

If you take a loan from your employer, you cannot claim tax deduction.

3. For whom can you take the loan?

For you only.

You cannot claim this deduction if you have taken the loan for a dependent or any other member of your family.

4 . How can you repay?

You can start repaying the loan once you finish your studies and start earning.

5 . When will the deduction be available?

If you take an education loan, you can claim a deduction under Section 80E of the Income Tax Act.

It will be available when you start repaying the loan. These deductions are available up to eight years totally. You cannot claim the deduction for more than that. Try and repay your loan within this time frame.

Also, you need to pay the loan out of your earned taxable income.

6 . What is the amount of deduction available?

Pre Budget

The amount of deduction would be the lesser amount of the following two:

i . Total amount paid during the year -- this includes repayment of principal amount of loan and interest payment
ii . Rs 40,000

Post Budget

Any amount of interest paid by you will be deducted from your income, thus reducing your tax thereon.

But the principal amount is no longer eligible for deduction. Only the interest amount can be deducted. The good news is there is no limit to this amount.