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                                                                  Referral Policy

 

This Referral policy applies to users (referred to as “user”, “users'', “your'' or “you”) who are participating in upGrad’s Referral Scheme (the “Scheme”). Your participation in the Scheme is deemed if (a) you share your referral code with others by any means whatsoever, or (b) you use another’s referral code in your application. By participating in this Scheme, you acknowledge and agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of this referral policy (“Policy”), which are in addition to and subject to upGrad’s “Terms of Use” and “Privacy Policy'' available on the Platform. Upgrad offers curated and specially designed online higher education and industry-relevant diploma, certification programs and career assistance services (“Program”). By accepting this Referral Policy, you consent, agree and undertake to abide, be bound to the terms of this Referral Policy. If you do not agree to this Policy, please do not participate in the Scheme. upGrad reserves the right to modify or terminate the Scheme, in whole or in part, at any time and in any manner.
 

  1. Definitions:

“Expert” means the subject matter experts. In the case of non-individual Experts, the Expert shall specify the Individual/s or employees designated to carry out the services.

“Not enrolled Referrer” means an upGrad user who has not paid the block amount for an upGrad Program and making the reference.

“Enrolled Referrer” means an upGrad user who has paid the block amount for an upGrad Program and making the reference.

“Friend” means the individual being referred by a Referrer.

Referrer” means either an Enrolled Referrer or a Not enrolled Referrer or an Expert referring to a Friend.

“Referral Code” is the code generated when the Referrer submits his own application or otherwise in a manner decided by upGrad. 

“Reward” means the benefit receivable under this policy, in the form of cash, vouchers or fee waivers, as the case may be.

 

   2. Criteria - The Referrer must share her/his Referral Code with the Friend, which in turn must be used/applied by the Friend in his/her application process at upGrad for enrolment to a Program. upGrad shall not accept the Referral Code any time after the completion of seven (7) days from the date of application is made by the Friend. Additionally, the Friend must pay the entire fee amount for the Referral to be considered complete

  3. Value & Disbursement of Reward- The amount of Reward receivable is dependent on the status of the Referrer at the time when such Reward is to be disbursed.
 

1. Not Enrolled Referrers 

  • The Not enrolled Referrer shall receive a gift voucher valued at Rs. 3,000 per referral, subject to TDS, within fourteen (14) working days from the commencement date of the cohort of Friend’s Program, upto a maximum of five (5) referrals. For any further referrals, the Not enrolled Referrer shall receive a maximum total fee waiver of Rs. 50,000/- for any upGrad Program valued above Rs. 2,00,000/-.
  • The Friend’s Reward shall be the fee waiver (if applicable) on the Program fees and shall be determined on the basis of the Program which the Friend has registered and paid for. The fee waiver shall be applied to the balance payment stage and not at the time of block payment. 
     

2. Enrolled Referrers and Expert 

  • The Reward receivable by the Enrolled Referrer or Expert, as the case may be, and the Friend shall be determined on the basis of the Program which the Friend has registered and paid for upGrad . For example, if the Referrer has enrolled for PGD in Data Science Programs or the Expert is for upGrad PGC Sales and the Friend is enrolled for the PG in Digital Marketing & Communication Program, the Referrer or the Expert, as the case may be, and the Friend shall be eligible for a Reward attributable to the PG in Digital Marketing & Communication Program in the table below i.e. INR 5,000, each.
  • The Friend’s Reward shall be a fee waiver(If Applicable) on the Program fees, which shall be applied to the balance payment stage, and not at the time of block payment.
  • The Enrolled Referrer or the Expert, as the case may be, will receive the Reward in the form of a cash payout, after deducting TDS as per applicable laws. The Enrolled Referrer or the Expert, as the case may be, must fill and submit the referral form to receive the payout.
  • The Enrolled Referrer or the Expert, as the case may be, shall receive the referral benefits, subject to TDS, within 30 working days post the Friend’s batch commencement date.

 

3. Alumni Discount

  • Existing users/learners/students/alumni who enrol themselves for a new Program are eligible to receive the Reward amount in form of an Alumni discount, as mentioned in the table below, which shall be determined on the basis of the new Program he/she has enrolled for.

 

Program wise value of the Reward is provided in the table below:

ProgramReferral RewardAlumni Discount
Deakin Business School - 24 Months MBA (Global) - Without Immersion3500080000
Deakin Business School - 21 Months MBA (Global) - With Specialisation in DM (MICA)3500080000
Deakin Business School - 12 Months MBA (Global) - General3500060000
Liverpool Business School MBA - 18 Months (With Immersion) - All Specialisation3500085000
Liverpool Business School MBA - 18 Months (Without Immersion) - All Specialisation3500060000
NMIMS MBA (Executive) with Specialisation in Business Analytics - 18 Months MBA (Only Cashback)3500060000
MBA in Digital Finance & Banking - O.P. Jindal Global University - 24 Months (1.75 Lacs/Year) - Waiver 25k/Yr1500025000
IMT PG Program in Management 11 Months1500020000
upGrad’s Job Linked Management Program with PGP from IMT Ghaziabad - 11 Months1500075000
BIMTECH Post Graduate Diploma in Management 24 Months2000025000
LIBA Executive Post-Graduate Program in Human Resource Management 11 Months1250015000
LIBA Executive Post-Graduate Program in HealthCare Management 11 Months1250015000
Certificate Programme on Finance for Non-Finance Executives - IIT Delhi 15 Weeks500010000
Global Master Certificate in Integrated Supply Chain Management - MSU1000025000
IIT Bombay - Certificate Program in Supply Chain Management - 4.5 Months1250015000
Global Professional Certificate in Effective Leadership and Management - MSU1000015000
SSBM Doctor of Business Administration 36 Months3500090000
IIM Kozhikode Professional Certificate Programme in HR Management and Analytics 5 Months1000015000
Certificate Programme in Operations Management and Analytics - IIT Delhi 6 Months1250015000
Executive Management Programme in Strategic Innovation, Digital Marketing and Business Analytics - IIT Delhi 4 Months1250015000
LL.M. in Corporate & Financial Law - Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) - 12 Months3500045000
LLM in Intellectual Property Rights - 12 Months3500045000
LLM in Alternate Dispute Resolution - 12 Months3500045000
Duke Product Management Certification Program 5.5 Months2000030000
Duke Product Management Certification Program + 1 Specialisation 7 Months2000030000
Duke Product Management Certification Program + 2 Specialisation 8.5 Months2000030000
Duke Product Management Certification Program + 3 Specialisation 10 Months2000030000
Design Thinking Certification Program (Duke CE) - 3 Months1500025000
MICA Advanced Certification in Digital Marketing and Communication + 1 Specialisation1500015000
MICA Advanced Certification in Digital Marketing and Communication + 2 Specialisation1500015000
MICA Advanced Certification in Digital Marketing and Communication + 3 Specialisation1500015000
MICA Advanced Certification in Digital Marketing and Communication + 4 Specialisation1500015000
Advanced Certificate in Digital Branding & Advertising (MICA) - 6 Months1250025000
University of Arizona - Master of Science in Data Science - 24 Months50000135000
LJMU Master of Science in Data Science - 18 Months3500075000
IIIT B Executive PG Programme in Data Science - 12 Months2500045000
IIIT B Advanced Certificate Programme in Data Science - 7 Months1000015000
LIBA Executive Post-Graduate Programme in Business Analytics 12 Months1000015000
IIIT B Advanced Programme in Data Science - 12 Months 2000040000
IIT-Bombay Certificate Program in Business Analytics - 7 Months1500026550
IIM Kozhikode Professional Certificate Program in Data Science for Business Decision Making 8 Months1500025000
Global Master Certificate in Business Analytics - MSU1500025000
Master's in Data Science at IU Germany (Fees Only for Year 1 - EPGP DS Course)3000050000
LJMU Master of Science in Machine Learning & AI - 18 Months3500075000
IIIT B Executive PG Programme in Machine Learning and AI - 12 Months2500045000
IIIT B Advanced Certificate Programme in Machine Learning and Deep Learning - 7 Months1000015000
IIIT B Advanced Certificate Programme in Machine Learning and NLP - 7 Months1000015000
Advanced Certification in Machine Learning and Cloud from IIT Madras + LJMU Master of Science in Machine Learning & AI - 18 Months3500075000
Advanced Certification in Machine Learning and Cloud from IIT Madras 12 Months2000030000
Advanced Certificate Programme in Machine Learning - IIT Delhi 7 Months1250015000
LJMU Master of Science in Computer Science 18 Months3500075000
IIITB Executive PG Programme in Software Development 13 Months (All Specialisation)2000045000
IIITB Advanced Certificate Programme in Software Development 7 Months (All Specialisation)1000015000
PG Certification in Full Stack Development with Job Guarantee1000015000
Bachelor of Business Australia TrackNA35000
Bachelor of Computer Applications with Australia TrackNA35000
Bachelor of Business Administration - Canada TrackNA35000
Masters Qualifying Program for Australia2000027000
Bachelor of Computer Application/B.Sc. Computer Science US TrackNA35000
Master's in International Management at IU Germany3000035000
Master's in Cyber Security at IU Germany (Fees Only for Year 1 - EPGP Course)3000050000
Master of Business Administration (90 ECTS) Study Abroad10000NA
Bachelor of Business Administration Chandigarh University - 3 Year Degree7500NA
Bachelor of Computer Applications with Chandigarh University - 3 Year Degree7500NA
Bachelor of Arts - Journalism and Mass Communication with Chandigarh University - 3 Year Degree7500NA
Master of Arts - Journalism and Mass Communication with Chandigarh University - 2 Years Degree7500NA
Masters of Science in Data Science with Chandigarh University7500NA
MBA - General Course with Chandigarh University - 2 Years10000NA
BBA in Advertising & Branding - Powered by upGrad - 3 years10000NA
BBA in Strategy & Leadership - Powered by upGrad - 3 years10000NA
MBA in Advertising & Branding - Powered by upGrad - 2 years10000NA
MBA in Strategy & Leadership - Powered by upGrad - 2 years10000NA
BBA - Finance, Marketing or HRM - 3 years5000NA
MBA - Finance, Marketing, HRM, General Management, Systems & Operations - 2 years2500NA
MBA - Finance & Marketing, Finance & HRM, Marketing & HRM, Aviation Management, IT Management5000NA
MCA - Computer Science & IT - 2 Years2000NA
MCom - Accounting & Finance - 2 Years2000NA
BCom - Accounting & Finance - 3 Years2500NA
MA - English, Economics, Journalism & Mass Communication, Public Policy & Admin - 2 Years2000NA
Master in Computer Science (120 ECTS)- IU, Germany30000NA
MBA in Executive Specializations5000NA
Python Programming Bootcamp - upGrad2500N/A
Executive MBA SSBM - 12 Months3500060000

Any Reward in the form of a fee waiver shall be calculated on the Program fees plus all applicable taxes. We have provided an example below:

Program Fees: INR 1,00,000

Taxes @18%: INR 18,000

Total: INR 1,18,000

Application of Reward: (-) INR 10,000

Grand Total payable post Reward: INR 1,08,000 

 

  1. Terms Applicable:- 
  • Existing users/learners/students/alumni who enrol themselves for a new Program are eligible to receive the Reward amount mentioned in the table for Enrolled Referrers and the ongoing scholarship/waiver for the program, which shall be the determining basis on the new Program he/she has enrolled for.
  • The Referrer’s batch should also have commenced before the payout window if he/she is an enrolled learner himself/herself in order to be eligible for the enrolled learner benefits.
  • The benefits under this Referral Policy cannot be clubbed with any other scholarship/fee waiver or other benefits. If the referee has already availed of another benefit, the benefits of this Referral Policy shall not apply. For further clarity, please check with your counsellor.
  • In case the Reward is a cash payout, a bank transfer will take seven (7) bank days from the date of receipt of the referral form duly filled with all the bank details in the case.
  • The team will be reaching out for the bank details once the final login is issued to the friend after receipt of full payment and her/his Program has commenced.
  • Referee benefits are pre-applied at the time of fee payment except for programs from the following universities - NMIMS, IIT- Delhi and Amrita University- where the benefits are processed in the form of a cashback.
  • The Referee benefits for Chandigarh University shall be processed in the form of cashback on a pro-rata basis depending on the structure of payment opted by the referee. For eg: If a referee has opted for semester wise payment, the cashback will be processed semester wise on a pro-rata basis and if the referee chooses to make full payment, then complete cashback will be processed at one go.
  • The Referee benefits for Jain University shall be processed in the form of cashback, only if the referee makes a full upfront fee payment for the program. No referee benefits shall be given in case a learner opts for a semester wise payment.
  • Both, the Referee and Referrer shall be eligible for any Referral benefit, only if the Referral code is used at the time of sign-up with upGrad, before blocking the seats."
  • As per the new Section, 206 AB inserted in the Income Tax Act by the Finance Act 2021, if you are a 'specified person' as prescribed under section 206AB, the tax deducted at source shall be at  - (a) 5% or (b) twice the rate applicable to referral fees;  whichever is higher.

  

"specified person" means a person who has not filed the returns of income for both of the two assessment years relevant to the two previous years immediately prior to the previous year in which tax is required to be deducted, for which the time limit of filing return of income under sub-section (1) of section 139 has expired; and the aggregate of tax deducted at source and tax collected at source in his case is rupees fifty thousand or more in each of these two previous years

 

Income tax department has facilitated a link where businesses can check if any person is a 'specified person' and thereby deduct the relevant taxes to comply with the provisions of Section 206 AB

 

5)  Fair Usage Requirements

  • The referral code usage is limited to five (5) enrollments per quarter. Special provisions shall be made for learners/alumni designated by upGrad under Special Programs.
  • upGrad’s Referral Policy has been designed with a vision to make upskilling a lucrative and economical option for the friends and family members of our learner community. The referrer must refrain from using his / her code publicly on social media platforms.
  • The referrer must refrain from sharing his or her code with any employee at upGrad or entity associated with the direct sale of any of upGrad’s Programs for the purpose of getting the code used by upGrad’s prospective learners who the referrer has no connection with.
  • The Referral Code usage shall be evaluated on a case-to-case basis by upGrad and upGrad holds the power to block the Referral Code if any misuse is suspected, at the sole discretion of upGrad. The decision of upGrad will be final in this case.
  • To validate fair usage, upGrad will conduct a call based verification process to understand the connection between the referrer and referee.
  • Source of referee: There will be a check of the source of the Friend and of whether the Referrer used any marketing channel or through Referrer himself/herself. The misuse of the code through any social media channels will cause upGrad to block your referral code. Our Finance team may contact you for clarification.
  • The referral code once entered by the friend who has blocked the seat and has enrolled with upGrad, cannot be modified/changed from the backend team. In this case, the learner is not entitled to any referral rewards. (Please note:- If the referral code once entered by a friend is incorrect, the policy remains the same).