Guidance

Teachers: claim back your student loan repayments

Claim back the student loan repayments that you made while employed as a teacher in the 2018 to 2019 financial year.

You can claim if you:

  • taught biology, chemistry, physics, computing or languages (not including English) during the 2018 to 2019 financial year
  • taught at a school in an eligible local authority during the 2018 to 2019 financial year – check which places are eligible
  • are currently employed as a teacher at a state-funded secondary school in England
  • spent at least 50% of your contracted hours teaching one or more eligible subjects
  • completed your initial teacher training (ITT) course in or after the 2013 to 2014 academic year

The application takes around 15 to 45 minutes to complete.

Before you apply

You’ll need:

  • the exact amount of student loan you repaid while employed as a teacher during the 2018 to 2019 financial year (get this from your annual student loan statement, your P60 if you only had one employer, or all your payslips from this period)
  • your National Insurance Number
  • your bank account details
  • your 7-digit teacher reference number – you can get this from your school, the certificate you got when you qualified, or from the teacher qualifications helpdesk
  • the date you completed your initial teacher training
  • sign-in details for Verify – the government’s secure way of proving who you are, if you do not have a Verify account, you’ll need your passport or photocard driving licence to sign up

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Published 31 October 2019
Last updated 3 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated one of the claim criteria from 'you can claim if you spend less than 50% of your contracted hours on leadership duties' to 'you can claim if you spent at least 50% of your contracted hours teaching one or more eligible subjects.'
  2. First published.