Update December 17, 2013:

Sad to say, SSS has announced that it has suspended the SSS Educational Loan Program for first-time applicants.  Why?  Because the 7-billion-peso budget for the program has been fully allocated to the first 59,600 students whose initial loan applications were approved and who have started receiving their educational loans from SSS.

In short, the 7 billion pesos allocated for the program have been fully spent. All the funds have been allocated to the 59,600 students. The only applications that will be accepted by SSS are the Subsequent Educational Loan applications from the 59,600 students.

SSS says that it will reopen the program once new funds are accumulated from loan repayments. If there are no new funds that will be put into the program, then it will take several years before new initial loan applications can be accepted. It will take several years before the first batch of borrowers are able to pay their loans.

If there will be students among the 59,600 already enjoying the SSS Educational Loan who will stop availing of their loan allocations, then there will be some money for some new first-time loan applicants in the waiting list.
Related Note:
If an SSS member retires and can no longer apply for a Subsequent Educational Loan for his or her beneficiary, another member qualified under the loan program can apply for the beneficiary. The beneficiary's unmarried sibling, or other parent can take over. 

Update April 14, 2013:

SSS has increased the loan amount and improved the rules so that more people can get qualified for the loan.

You can apply for this SSS educational loan for:
  • yourself
  • or your spouse
  • or your child
  • or your brother or sister (only if you are single)
You can use this loan for a four-year or five-year college course or a two-year or three-year vocational or technical course. The loan check will be payable to the school.

Who can avail of this SSS educational loan? 

You can apply for this loan if:
  • You have paid at least 12 monthly SSS contributions. 1 monthly contribution should have been paid within the last 3 months prior to loan application.
  • Your latest monthly salary credit is not more than 25,000 pesos.
  • You are not delinquent in paying your salary loan or housing loan. Your unpaid monthly payments should not exceed 3.
How much can you loan?

College course -- up to 20,000 pesos per semester
Vocational or technical course -- up to 10,000 pesos per semester

What are the documents required?
  1. Loan application form (filled up and signed)
  2. SSS ID or 2 valid photo IDs (bring xerox copies)
  3. Assessment or billing statement from the school
  4. You child or beneficiary's SSS Number: Submit a xerox copy of your child or beneficiary's stamped SSS E-1 form (if you are applying for your child or beneficiary)
  5. Proof that your monthly income does not exceed 25,000 pesos:
- If employed, payslip or pay envelope for 1 month, or certificate of income from employer
- If self-employed, ITR
- If voluntary, Affidavit of Income

Note: There's a portion in the application form that needs to be accomplished by the school.
You need these data items:

 - School Code
 - Name of Student
 - Name of Course
 - School year
 - Level
 - Semester
 - No. of Years to Finish Course

When will you start paying the loan?

If 2 semesters in a year -- 18 months after last loan release
If 3 semesters in a year -- 15 months after last loan release
If 4 semesters in a year -- 14 and 1/2 months after last loan release

How long will you pay the loan?

If college course -- Choose 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 years
If vocational or technical course -- Choose 1 or 2 or 3 years

How much is the interest for the total loan?

- The annual interest rate for the consolidated loan is 6%.
- The consolidated loan is equal to the sums of the loans released per semester plus accrued interests
- Computation will be based on Diminishing Principal Balance

Are there other rules?

- A married member can apply for 2 beneficiaries (can be for his child and himself, or for his two children,
   or for his child and his spouse)
- If a married couple are both SSS members and both qualified for this educational loan, they can apply for
   2 each for a total of 4 beneficiaries (example: for their 4 children)
- An unmarried member can apply for only one beneficiary (himself or one sibling)
- No substitution of student
- School must be accredited by the CHED or TESDA
- The student will be issued a SSS no. for the purpose of tracking unpaid loans
- Unpaid loans will be deducted from the member's retirement or death benefits.
- The loan needs to be renewed every semester. Submit a new application form and assessment or billing statement.

This is the  SSS Educational Assistance Loan Program  form.

SSS educational loan 2012