Guidance

How interest is calculated - Postgraduate Loan

Find out how interest is calculated and applied if you have a Postgraduate Loan from England or Wales, as well as previous interest rates.

If you had postgraduate student finance from Scotland or Northern Ireland, you’ll repay under Plan 1.

When interest is applied

You’re charged interest from the day we make your first payment to you or to your university or college until your loan has been repaid in full or cancelled. Interest is added to your balance each month.

The interest rate charged is the Retail Price Index plus 3%.

What is the Retail Price Index?

It’s a measure of inflation, which measures changes to the cost of living in the UK.

When the interest rate changes

The interest rate is usually set on 1 September each year, based on the Retail Price Index of the previous March.

Previous interest rates

The rates in the table apply to the Postgraduate Loan only.

Date Interest rate
1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018 6.1%
1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017 4.6%
Published 15 May 2019
Last updated 24 May 2019 + show all updates
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