Student Loan Law; Requirements and Application Process in Nigeria

Student Loan Law Requirements and Application Process in Nigeria

The Nigerian Government has recently passed into Law “The Access to Higher Education Act, 2023” into Law which is also known as the ‘Student Loan Act’. The motive for passing the Law is to allow Nigerian students in government-owned higher institutions to easily access non-interest loans to help them fund their higher education with the condition to pay in installments two years after passing out from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
As a student who intends to apply for the student law, the law stipulates certain requirements and conditions that must be met before you can be eligible to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be admitted into an accredited owned government higher institution in Nigeria
  • The income limit of your parents or guardians must not exceed #500,000 per annum
  • You must also present a minimum of two guarantors who must fall into one of the following categories;
  • A civil servant in service of at least level 12
  • Legal practitioners with at least 10 years post-call-experience
  • Justices of peace or Judicial officers

What makes one Ineligible to Access the Loan?

  1. Default in loan payment

If you as a student acquired a loan previously from any organization, and it is confirmed that you defaulted in making payment as at when due, then this will incapacitate you from accessing the loan.

Where also your parent has defaulted in paying any loan or the student loan, you shall be disqualified from applying for the loan.

  1. Examination Misconduct

If you have been involved in exam malpractice in school this will make you ineligible to access the student loan

  1. Drug Abuse

Students who are or were involved in drug abuse and were convicted of the offense are not eligible to apply for the loan

  1. Felony

A student that has been convicted of any felony or offenses of dishonesty or fraud cannot apply for the loan

Required Documents

  • Means of identification which could be a national identity card or international passport
  • Proof of admission from an accredited institution in Nigeria
  • Transcripts or academic certificates if required
  • Proof of parents/guardians income through their bank statements
  • Contact details and personal information of your parents/guardians
  • Completed application forms provided by the loan provider
  • Your recent passport photographs

How to Apply for the Student Loan

The simplest way to apply is to visit your bank and request the student loan application form and submit your application through them to the chairman of the committee tasked with disbursing the student loan fund.

Student Loan Repayment

The conditions set out in the student loan bill for the repayment of the student loan are;

  1. Commencement

As a beneficiary of the student loan, the repayment shall commence two years after the National Youth Service Corps program is complete

  1. Salary Deduction

Once you secure a job that is two years after your NYSC, your employer is mandated to deduct 10% of your monthly salary and remit the same to the student loan fund. When you change your job, you must inform the Chairman of the committee within 30 days of resuming employment with the new employer providing details of the new job.

Default in Payment

If you default in paying back the student loan as at when due, you shall be guilty of committing an offense and when convicted, you will be liable to pay a fine of #500,000 or imprisonment for two years or both.

Conclusion

The intent of the Nigerian government in granting access to students is that it enables Nigerian students to be able to afford tuition fees, accommodation, and other educational provisions. It creates flexibility and ease for parents and students to be able to finance their education.

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