‘Study abroad’ loans made accessible by GyanDhan
Delhi-based education fintech startup GyanDhan marries students’ current financial and academic data with future employability scores to assess their loan eligibility.
Friday March 19, 2021,
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Education may be priceless, but in India, it does come at a cost.
Entrepreneur Ankit Mehra saw the education financing problem faced by Indian students from close quarters while pursuing his MBA in Spain. With good universities charging astronomical prices for a degree and lenders going back on their loan commitments, a lot of students had to simply give up on their dreams.
That also explains India’s poor gross enrollment ratios in colleges, with only one-fourth of school finishers going on to pursue a higher education. Ankit launchedto solve this problem of education finance for Indian students.
The Delhi-based startup operates an edu-fintech marketplace, where a variety of lenders — from banks and NBFCs to even individuals — can offer ‘study abroad’ loans or scholarships to students.
To assess their loan eligibility, GyanDhan has built a proprietary risk scoring model known as the ‘GyanDhan Score,’ which analyses their financial and academic data and also factors in their future employability to assign them a unique credit score. Read more.
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