12 Education Loans to Help Fund Your Higher Education

Can’t afford to fork out thousands of ringgit for your higher education? Here are 12 education loans that might help you ease your financial burden.

Updated 24 May 2024

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There’s no doubt that education can be an expensive necessity.

And while flashy offers for scholarships are everywhere, not everyone has the grades to qualify. But all hope is not lost! Even if you haven’t succeeded in applying for a scholarship and have exhausted other means, you might want to apply for an education loan.

In this article, we highlight some of the education loans available in the market to help you begin your journey towards receiving that scroll!

#1. Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN)

Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (or the National Higher Education Fund Corporation) is a government loan which was set up to help Malaysians pursue their tertiary education.

The great part about this loan is that it has an extremely low interest rate of just 1% fixed rate per annum and can even be converted to a scholarship if you achieve First Class Honours in your degree. However, the loan amount you receive will depend on your household income and the course you are pursuing.

For more details about PTPTN, click here.

#2. Pembiayaan Pendidikan Boleh Ubah (PPBU) Bank Rakyat

PPBU refers to an education loan by Bank Rakyat for underprivileged Malaysians seeking to pursue their undergraduate degrees full-time at either public or private universities in Malaysia.

You’ll be happy to know that the loan is interest-free and you can even get a discount if you score good grades. However, note that specific courses are prioritised and loan amounts awarded are capped at a specific amount, depending on your course and institution.

For a list of criteria and how to apply, click here.

#3. AMMA Foundation Study Loan

The AMMA Foundation is a non-profit organisation that offers interest-free study loans to financially-challenged Malaysian students who intend to further their studies at a local or foreign higher education institution. Loans are awarded based on the applicant’s course and financial position.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and are expected to maintain a CGPA of 3.0 if successful. You will be required to make a minimum repayment of RM300 upon starting a job or 6 months after graduation, whichever comes first.

Important: The AMMA Foundation does not offer loans to students who want to pursue a Degree in Medicine or Dentistry.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

#4. ECM Libra Foundation Study Loan

ECM Libra Foundation’s study loan is for underprivileged Malaysians who have been offered to study at MQA-approved programmes at a local private or public university or college.

This loan is meant to benefit needy students who have excellent academic and co-curricular records and those who have successfully undergone the selection interview process with their guarantor. Loan amounts awarded by the foundation are typically capped at RM90,000 and are interest-free. However, you will incur interest for late payments.

To find out more about this loan, click here.

#5. MARA Loans

Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) offers a slew of merit-based and needs-based interest-free education loans each year.

Although there are some requirements that differ depending on the type of loan you apply for, generally, applicants from B40 and M40 families are prioritised, and prospective recipients must have at least one parent that is Malay or is of Bumiputera status.

For more information on the loans offered by MARA, click here.

#6. Kuok Foundation Loan

Loans awarded by this foundation are for needy Malaysians who have a good academic record and are actively involved in co-curricular activities.

Students pursuing undergraduate programmes at Malaysian or Singaporean universities; selected British public universities and Malaysian private universities; or students studying diploma courses at Malaysian public polytechnics are eligible for this interest-free loan.

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to attend a physical or virtual interview.

For details, click here.

#7. SOCSO Education Loan

This education loan is awarded by Malaysia’s Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) to dependents of beneficiaries of the social security scheme.

The loan is for individuals studying at MQA-approved diploma or degree courses at public or private universities in Malaysia, as well as students studying Malaysian Proficiency Certificate (SKM) Level 1 to 3.

Loan amounts must not exceed RM100,000 (excluding sustenance allowance) and will only be given to individuals who have failed to obtain loans from other organisations and those who are financially incapable. The loan will include a service charge of 2% per annum on the total outstanding amount and the maximum period for repayment will be determined based on the loan amount allotted.

For more information on the SOCSO education loan, click here.

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#8. MiED Education Loan

Maju Institute of Educational Development (MiED) is a non-profit organisation that administers education loans for needy Malaysian students interested to further their education at private or public universities locally or abroad. The loans are meant to supplement an individual’s PTPTN fund and are applicable for approved courses at recognised institutions.

Loans are administered to students who have a good academic record and who are active in co-curricular activities. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a selection interview. The interest rate for this loan is set at 4%.

To apply or find out more about this loan, click here.

#9. KOJADI Education loan

Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia Berhad (KOJADI) is a co-operative society established to provide educational loans to needy students who wish to pursue their higher education.

KOJADI offers a wide variety of loan schemes for a range of courses. This includes vocational, technical, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for both local or international studies.

The loan can also be used to top up existing schemes, such as PTPTN. However, it’s important to note that the interest rate starts at about 6.8% and comes with a hefty application payment of about RM500 to RM1,000, excluding additional processing fees.

For more information on the various schemes available, click here.

#10. AFFIN Education Financing-i

The AFFIN Education Financing-i is an education loan provided by AFFIN Bank for students interested in studying foundation, certificate, pre-university (e.g. A Level), diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes. You can borrow up to RM 400,000 (RM600,000 for Medical, Engineering and Pilot / Aviation programmes). 

There is no requirement for a guarantor but you must provide a collateral. Additionally, your joint applicant must have a minimum monthly income of RM5,000. The loan is open to Malaysian residents between the age of 18 and to 45 years old. 

To find out more about this loan, click here.

#11. Maybank Education Loan

With the Maybank Education Loan, you can get up to RM400,000 worth of financing. It is open to all Malaysian students interested in studying MQA-certified programmes, either locally or internationally. This also includes twinning courses.

You want to know what's the best part? The repayment period only starts 6 months after your graduation so you will have plenty of time to settle down and find work before you need to start paying.

You can learn more about the loan here.

#12. Bank Rakyat Education Financing-i

Bank Rakyat Education Financing-i is for individuals who need help financing their education in Malaysia or abroad.

Loan applicants must have a minimum fixed monthly income of RM2,000. The loan amount can go up to a whopping RM1,000,000 which can be repaid within 20 years. Repayment of the loan amount can be made through salary deduction at an interest rate of 7.75% or through any other means of cash transfer at an interest rate of 9.75%.

To apply for this loan, click here.

While the idea of being burdened by a huge debt even before you start working sounds less than attractive, taking a loan will help you attain the qualification you need to get you into the workforce.

We hope this information will give you some insight into the types of education loans available to help you make an informed choice about the financial aid that’s right for you. Good luck!

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