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This publication is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/additional-payments-for-teaching-eligibility-and-payment-details/teachers-claim-back-your-student-loan-repayments-eligibility-and-payment-details
This scheme aims to increase recruitment and retention of teachers in languages, physics, chemistry, biology and computing.
You do not need to read this to make a claim, we will work out if you can get the payment based on the answers you give when claiming.
You’ll need to claim before 28 February 2020 for the 2018 to 2019 financial year (6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019).
For the reimbursement period, you must be employed in a state-funded secondary, including middle-deemed secondary schools, in England, in either:
- a local-authority-maintained school
- an academy or free school
- a local-authority-maintained or non-maintained special school
You must still be working as a teacher in a state-funded secondary school in England when you claim back your student loan repayments.
You must have either:
- qualified teacher status
- qualified teacher learning and skills (QTLS) and membership of the Society for Education and Training (SET)
You must have completed your initial teacher training in one of these academic years:
- 2013 to 2014
- 2014 to 2015
- 2015 to 2016
- 2016 to 2017
- 2017 to 2018
- 2018 to 2019
- 2019 to 2020
- 2020 to 2021
The academic year runs from 1 September to 31 August.
You must teach one or more of these subjects:
You must have spent at least 50% of your contracted hours teaching one or more of the eligible subjects during the year for which you are claiming. Schools may be asked to confirm this during the application process.
The school you worked for when you originally made the repayments must be in one of these local authority areas:
- Bracknell Forest
- North-east Lincolnshire
- North Yorkshire
- St Helens
The years you can claim for
You can only claim back repayments you made in certain financial years, based on when you completed your initial teacher training.
If you completed your initial teacher training in:
- 2013 to 2014 you can claim for 2018 to 2019 up to 2024 to 2025
- 2014 to 2015 you can claim for 2018 to 2019 up to 2025 to 2026
- 2015 to 2016 you can claim for 2018 to 2019 up to 2026 to 2027
- 2016 to 2017 you can claim for 2018 to 2019 up to 2027 to 2028
- 2017 to 2018 you can claim for 2018 to 2019 up to 2028 to 2029
- 2018 to 2019 you can claim for 2019 to 2020 up to 2029 to 2030
- 2019 to 2020 you can claim for 2020 to 2021 up to 2030 to 2031
- 2020 to 2021 you can claim for 2021 to 2022 up to 2031 to 2032
You can only claim for the 2018 to 2019 financial year (6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019) currently. You’ll need to claim separately for each financial year. Claims for the 2019 to 2020 financial year will open in autumn 2020.
The amount we pay you is based on the amount you repaid to the Student Loans Company through pay as you earn (PAYE) while employed as a teacher.
It is not possible to claim back any voluntary student loan repayments you made, or repayments made through any other jobs.
Student loan deduction
The payment is treated as pay, therefore a small deduction may be made to contribute towards repaying your student loan. If applicable, this deduction will be made automatically when we pay you.
Income Tax and National Insurance
The Department for Education will pay Income Tax and National Insurance on your payment on your behalf. Neither you nor your employing school will need to pay any additional Income Tax or National Insurance on the payment.
Salary and pensions
The payment is not part of your salary from your employer. You, your employer, or the government will not make a contribution to your pension as part of this payment.
Part-time teachers receive the same payment as full-time teachers.
Number of payments
You can only claim back your student loan repayments once in each academic year. For example, you will not get multiple payments if you have more than one contract.
If you are also eligible to claim a payment for teaching maths or physics you can get both payments in each academic year.