7 Key Facts About the Student Loan Act

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Student Loan Bill Passed by Lawmakers: Key Points to Know

The Student Loan Bill, introduced by Femi Gbajabiamila, former speaker of the 9th House of Representatives, has been successfully passed by lawmakers in late May 2023.

During his address at the University of Lagos’ 52nd convocation, Gbajabiamila emphasized the need for the Education Bank to offer interest-free loans to students in tertiary institutions, aiming to enhance accessibility to education funding.

The convocation address centered around the theme of “Building Back Better: Creating a New Framework for Tertiary Education in Nigeria in the Twenty-First Century.” Gbajabiamila expressed his support for the Student Loans (Access to Higher Education Bill) in the National Assembly.

As a lawmaker and politician, Gbajabiamila acknowledged the prevalent demand for financial assistance in tertiary education, recognizing that the future prospects of talented students could be compromised without proper funding.

The bill aims to provide students with interest-free loans, reflecting the commitment to address financial barriers and support their educational pursuits.

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Key Facts About the Student Loan Act

After being passed by the House and receiving President Tinubu’s assent, here are seven important details about the Student Loan Act:

1. The Nigerian Education Bank will be established under the new act, responsible for supervising, coordinating, administering, and monitoring student loans throughout Nigeria.

2. Loan applicants will undergo screening to determine their eligibility based on the established requirements.

3. Students enrolled in any higher education institution are eligible to apply for the loan.

4. The loan covers a wide range of education-related expenses, including textbooks and research materials.

5. Access to the loan is limited to students pursuing their studies within Nigeria.

6. Defaulting on student loan repayment can result in jail terms for the defaulter.

7. Loan repayment begins two years after completion of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme.

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