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A Guide to Understanding UK Student Finance
Helping you understand what money is available to fund your degree
Money that you will have to pay back
- Tuition Fee Loan - this will be up to £9,250 a year and paid direct to your University
- Maintenance Loan - up to £10,702 a year (dependent on your household income) and paid direct to your bank account
You will start paying this money back after your graduation and once you are earning over £21,000
Money that you do not have to pay back
This is literally free money. Do not just assume that you won't be eligible.
How much will it cost?
The loans you take out will incur interest - what you owe overall will be more than you borrowed. While you are studying you will be charged interest at 3% above the Retail Price Index (RPI) which can go up or down.
When you graduate, interest will be charged at the same rate as the RPI. Once you start earning £21,000 or above, this will increase relative to the amount you earn. The more you earn the more interest you are charged, up to a mazimum of 3% above the RPI.
When do I repay it?
You pay back 9% each year of anything you earn over £21,000. If at any time you earn less than this, your repayments stop until you do earn more than £21,000 again.
Your debt is cancelled after 30 years, even if you have not repaid the full amount.