Undergraduate study - 2021 entry


How you will repay your tuition fees and student loan.

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You only start repaying your student loans after you leave your degree programme and are earning more than £25,000.

Key points

  • You do not have to pay tuition fees upfront.
  • You only pay back your fees when you earn more than £25,000.
  • The amount will automatically be taken out of your salary.
  • Student loans do not go on credit files.
  • Repayments are made over the course of 30 years.
  • After 30 years, even if you haven’t finished paying the loan, it is wiped off.

How loan repayments work

  • Repayments on your loan will start in the April after you leave the University, provided you are earning more than £25,000 a year.
  • If your income falls below £25,000, your repayments stop - for example if you take a career break or are unemployed - until you start earning £25,000 again.
  • All your student loans are added together and your employer will automatically take repayments from your salary, at the same time as they take tax and National Insurance contributions.
  • If you are self employed, HM Revenue & Customs will collect your repayments through the self-assessment system, along with your tax.
  • Any outstanding balance is written off after 30 years.

Further details on the repayment of student loans can be found on the Student Loans Company website.