In a consultation document published last June the Government asked whether there should be a charge for early repayment, and if so, what form such a charge would take. Most respondents did not favour the introduction of a charge.
Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable said:
“We have listened to the evidence from those who responded to the consultation and as a result we will not be introducing a charge on early repayments.
“Our student finance package is fair, sustainable and progressive and will remain so without a charge for early repayment.”
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:
“This decision gives students beginning their studies this autumn clarity about the repayment arrangements that will be in place when they graduate.
“It is also clear from the consultation that the ability for graduates to make voluntary repayments on their student loans is valued. We will be working closely with the Student Loans Company and others to give clear advice and guidance on early repayment.”
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A Written Ministerial Statement was tabled in Parliament this morning and can be read online at http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/commons/todays-written-statements.
The consultation document on early repayment, published on 28 June 2011, can be viewed online at http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/hereform.
One hundred and fifty-four responses were received on the consultation. A list of respondents and summary of responses can be viewed online at http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/hereform.
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