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Once you have finished your course you will need to pay back any loans you have borrowed. If you’re a full-time student you’ll be due to start repaying your loan the April after you finish or leave your course. If you’re a part-time student, you’ll be due to start repaying your loan the April after you finish or leave your course, or the April four years after the start of your course (even if you’re still studying), whichever comes first. 

You need to be earning over a certain amount in order to start repayments, and currently it is £26,575 a year, £2,214 a month or £511 a week in the UK. The amount you repay each month is linked to your income. You’ll pay 9% of any income you earn over the threshold of £26,575 a year. If your income falls below this, your repayments will automatically stop. Interest is charged on your loan from the day Student Loans Company makes your first payment to you or your university or college, until the loan is either repaid in full or cancelled. Any loan remaining after 30 years will be cancelled.

The table below provides some examples of what you might repay based on the current threshold of £26,575 a year:

  Annual salary  

  Monthly repayment   

£26,575

£0 

£27,000

£3

£29,500

£21

£31,000

£33

£33,000

£48

Take a look at the GOV.UK student finance website or UCAS website for the most up-to-date information.