Thursday, May 17, 2012

SSS Educational Loan - requirements, mechanics and who can avail (7-billion in funds)

Yes, recently, the SSS educational loan has opened for its members and as usual, there are and will be guidelines for those interested and asking how to avail of the said loan offer for school tuition fees and more.

The said Social Security System Educational Assistance Loan Program or (SSS-EALP) can cover educational costs for college, vocational and technical courses alike.

At least 200,000 members were targeted to benefit from this new program of the SSS after its defunct Study Now Pay Later plan back in the 90's where a classmate of mine was able to avail and haven't yet paid to this date.

Loan Application Requirements:

As initial information, for those who are looking on the different requirements to apply for the said SSS loan, according to a leading newspaper, The Philippine Star, only members earning up to P10,000 per month can avail of the loan this year 2012.

Members must have at least 36 contributions – including three monthly premiums within the past 12 months – are eligible to borrow for educational expenses of one beneficiary.

Who May Apply for the SSS Educational Loan:
  1. Member must also be paying premiums based on a monthly salary credit of P10,000 or lower.
  2. Beneficiaries can be the SSS members themselves, legal spouses or children.
  3. Unmarried members can use the loan for the education of their siblings.
Other Mechanics of the Loan Program:
  • Borrowers who intend to avail can use it for college courses, for a maximum loan of P15,000 per semester or trimester and P7,500 for a vocational or technical course, which must be a degree program of at least two years or more.
  • Loan releases will be made payable to the school and must be used for tuition and miscellaneous fees only.
  • The school of choice must be duly accredited by the Commission on Higher Education or the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
  • Depending on the courses to take for qualified beneficiary, members have 3-5 years to repay the loan under the SSS program.
  • The loan amount shall be funded on a 50:50 basis from the National Government and SSS. 
  • SSS portion of the loan carries an interest rate of 6% per year / annum based on diminishing principal balance until fully paid, while the government share has 0% interest rate.
  • For four-year courses, SSS members will receive P15,000 per semester with six percent interest payable within five years after the beneficiary's graduation.
  • For two-year courses, members will get P7,500 per semester with six percent interest payable within three years after graduation.
  • Each member is entitled or limited to have only one beneficiary.
 To this date, only SSS Baguio is all I know who is already accepting application for the SSS Educational Loan.


jinger said...

Sana applicable din sa mga parents na gusto ipag-aral ang mga special child sa mga sped school.

Anonymous said...

How about sa mga SSS pensioner?hindi ba pwede mag avail ang mga beneficiary nito? How to update my contribution through internet?

maggie said...

Applicable po b yun mga member n gustong mgcollege na pwdng gawin n beneficiary sarili nila?parang working student. I still want to finish my studies,and im a regular employee of the private sector for 9yrs. Tnx. And please have a reply for my further questions,and for confirmation.

Anonymous said...

Pabor ako sayo Jinger, kasi may anak din akong Special Child Sana nga mapasama din sila dyan ma-approved.

Anonymous said...

paano po ba mag apply sa sss educational loan?pls inform us...tnx!

Anonymous said...

Pwede din po kaya maka avail ng education loan from SSS at ang gagamit ay mga pamangkin? please confirm. Thank you.

Lezzie Joyce Escala said...

until now wala pa po ung (SSS-EALP) ko , inavail lo un last may 15 pa.