Procurement at SLC

The Commercial Services team is responsible for the majority of procurement activity across the Student Loans Company (SLC).

How to do business with us

We will use suitable framework agreements to contract with suppliers in the first instance. Some of these framework agreements can be found here:

Where framework agreements are not suitable to meet business requirements, we will obtain quotations from the market or advertise contracting opportunities nationally or across the European Union (EU). Appropriate routes to market are based on the value of a contract which is detailed below:

contract value route to market
£1 - £9,999 obtain a single documented quotation
£10,000 - £49,999 obtain 3 competitive written quotations
£50,000 - £181,301 advertise contract opportunity nationally
> £181,301 advertise contract opportunity across the EU

Depending on the value of a contract, we will advertise new contracting opportunities in the following places, where appropriate:


As a public sector body we must comply with the EU Procurement Directives, and do so through the application of the Public Contract Regulations 2015, which sets out how we buy goods, services and works. These regulations promote competition and ensure that all potential suppliers are treated equally and have the same clear understanding of the requirements.

Standard Contractual Terms and Conditions

When we contract with suppliers, the goods, services or works delivered are subject to SLC standard terms and conditions. Copies of which will be made available to this page in the near future. Our purchase orders are also subject to our terms and conditions unless agreed otherwise.

We have a zero tolerance policy towards modern slavery and human trafficking. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all business dealings, taking steps to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking do not exist in any part of our business or supply chains, and continually aiming to improve our procurement practices to combat these crimes. You can read our policy statement on Modern Slavery.

Contact and Feedback

Continuous improvement and quality of service is important to us. Therefore, should you require further information or, as a supplier would like to provide feedback on the procurement process, please do not hesitate to contact the Commercial Services team by emailing: