The capitalized terms used in this statement are defined in the EdAid Principles. (please read them and keep a copy for your records.) EdAid enables you to make an index-linked (at CPI) student loan to a student Borrower(s) under individual Loan Contracts. EdAid is not a party to those Loan Contracts, but agrees to administer them on the terms of the EdAid Principles.
Before we allow each Borrower to receive your money, we make identity, fraud and where possible credit checks. We are a (pending) member of CIFAS, the fraud prevention service. We also use the Borrower’s course of study, academic performance and institute of study and certain additional information that we verify, to assess the affordability of the loan. If we find that the information was inaccurate or deficient the Loan Contract will not proceed.
Your loans are repayable to you via your account at GoCardless in monthly instalments comprising of principal and if relevant any inflation (linked to CPI). You lend your money directly to a student so if that student is unable to repay this may affect the timeframe over which your loan is repaid. Borrowers are provided with every opportunity and support to make their repayments. Deliberate failure to repay will result in default and a collections agency being appointed. The expected default rates are unknown at this stage, and you should invest in the full knowledge that your capital is at risk. (Comparable peer-to-peer platforms have default rates less than 0.2%)
EdAid customers do not have recourse to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.