SMCU in collaboration with two organizations have joined forces to provide an opportunity for students and young people of our community to be able to access and pay for their schooling. We are cognizant of the importance of education and investing in our young people.
On Thursday March 26,2009, Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust announced development partnerships. BNE Trust will provide student loans through SMCU for prospective and current students to finance tuition and fees for prospective and current students of tertiary level institutions in Belize. Any person may apply for these loans (certain restrictions apply).
Under SHJC program, prospective students and current students of Sacred Heart Junior College, may apply for a loan to finance their tuition and fees for the semester or year.
Under the BNE program, prospective students of Sacred Heart Junior College, University of Belize (UB), and Galen University among others, may apply for a loan to finance their tuition and fees for the semester or year.
Under this program, students who are eligible will be required to repay a minimum amount on the loan. A portion will go towards a share account and the difference will be paid toward your loan principal and interest.
Loans may be applied on a semester basis however the approval of further funds will be determined on whether the student meets the minimum requirements mentioned above especially in regards to maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5.
The following documentations must be presented to apply for this loan. This does not guarantee approval however.
Letter showing tuition and fees for which financing is sought.
Report card with a minimum of 2.5 GPA or C+ grade.
An official ID: Passport or Social Security.
Belizean by birth or naturalization.
Resident of San Ignacio or surrounding area.
A Co-maker who is a member of the credit union.
Become a credit union member and pay membership dues and deposit.
You become a member of SMCU with all benefits.
Loan payment is a minimal amount that any student can afford to pay.
Employment is not a requirement. A co-maker (guarantor) who is a member of SMCU will be required.
You save as you pay your loan.
NO need to hassle yourself with finding that lump sum of money required for registration.
Competitive interest rate on your loan.
After your loan application has been approved, funds will be paid payable to the educational institution. Before further payments will be disbursed, student must present a report card with a minimum of 2.5 GPA.