KUALA LUMPUR: Borrowers who are keen to restructure their loan repayment plan can do so at the National Higher Education Fund Corporation’s (PTPTN) booth at the Star Education Fair 2019.
PTPTN Careline branch manager Nurul Farhana Zainun said its executive officers were available for a “friendly discussion”.
“For questions on the loan repayment restructure, borrowers do not have to bring any document. We just need your MyKad number,” she said.
She also encouraged “hardcore defaulters” to drop by PTPTN’s booth at the fair to work out a customised repayment plan.
“Defaulters who meet certain criteria can pay back as little as RM50 a month, as emphasised by our deputy chief executive (policy and operations) Mastura Mohd Khalid,” she said.
She said borrowers who preferred to settle their loan through salary deductions could also apply for the procedure at the fair’s PTPTN booth.
Nurul Farhana said its officers would be present at the booth in Hall 5 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on the last day of the fair today.
“Most services that the corporation offers will be accessible to visitors here,” she said.
Besides existing borrowers, PTPTN’s “one-stop centre” at the fair also welcomes interested loan applicants.
Nurul Farhana said: “Students can apply for the PTPTN loan as well as instantly open their National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN) accounts here.”
She said that opening an SSPN-i or SSPN-i Plus account was a compulsory condition that students must meet in order to get a loan.
“You can also get our contact numbers so that you can follow up on your loan or repayment plans later on,” she added.
Students who have not decided what they want to do next can take a career test at the Star Education Fair.
“It will only take 10 minutes and consultation with counsellors will give students an idea of their interests and what to do next,” said Justin Yap, a lecturer, counsellor and trainer at CareerSense@Help, the Career Guidance and Testing Centre at HELP University.
He said the test was especially helpful for students who “don’t really know themselves yet”.
“We provide career testing to students aged between 15 and 17 who are making decisions on what to study or what to work as.
“The test helps them make a decision. It looks at the type of work activities the students like to do.
“Once they get their results, they can speak to a counsellor who will explain what the results mean and how to proceed,” said Yap.
He said that one of the questions raised by students who took the test was not knowing what to study but Help’s counsellors would be there to help them.
Today is the last day of the Star Education Fair.
Students can discuss their path forward with experts on pre-university education and representatives from colleges and universities at the fair.
They will brief students, as well as parents, on a wide range of certificate, foundation, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as professional qualifications.
The Star Education Fair is at Halls 4 and 5 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and opens from 11am to 6pm.
Admission is free.