FG Postpones Interest-Free Student Loan Launch Indefinitely

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Nigerian Students Loan Scheme Launch Delayed: What You Need to Know

The Nigerian Students Loan Scheme, aimed at providing financial aid for higher education, is currently undergoing delays in its launch.

Here’s a summary of the key points:

  • Loan Purpose: Established in June 2023 through the Students Loan Act, the scheme was designed to offer interest-free loans to students facing financial difficulties.
  • Targeted Audience: Primarily intended to assist students from poor backgrounds.
  • Loan Details:
    • Maximum amount: N500,000 (around $650) per academic year.
    • Repayment period: 20 years.
  • Launch Status: Initially planned for September-October 2023, the launch has been postponed indefinitely.
    • Reasons for delay: The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) cites the need for further adjustments to the program.

The Nigerian government has postponed the launch of the Students Loan Scheme, which was supposed to begin in January 2024. This program aimed to provide interest-free loans to students for higher education.

Here’s a breakdown of the situation:

  • June 2023: A bill proposing the Students Loan Fund was signed by President Bola Tinubu. The plan was to launch it between September and October 2023.
  • January 2024: The Minister of State for Education announced program preparations were complete, including a website and launch strategy. President Tinubu also mentioned a launch around this time.
  • Postponement: Just two days before the expected January launch, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund announced a delay. The reason given was to ensure all parties involved are aligned and the program is launched smoothly.

What this means for students:

Unfortunately, there’s no confirmed new launch date. The government is working to make sure everything is in place for a successful program rollout.


  • Why was the launch postponed?

The exact reason hasn’t been revealed, but the government wants to ensure all stakeholders are involved and the program runs smoothly.

  • When will the program launch?

There’s no official date yet. The government is working on it and will announce a new launch date once everything is ready.

  • Will the loans still be interest-free?

Yes, based on the original plan, the loans are supposed to be interest-free to ease the financial burden on students.

  • How can I stay updated about the program launch?

You can follow the Nigerian government’s official communication channels or the Ministry of Education’s website for announcements.

We recommend checking these resources periodically for the latest updates on the Students Loan Scheme launch.

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