How to repay
Your repayments will be taken out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance if you’re an employee. Your payslips will show how much has been deducted. You may need to tell your employer which plan you’re on.
You start repaying when your income is more than the minimum amount.
There’s no penalty if you make voluntary repayments to pay some or all of your loan off early.
If you’re self-employed
If you’re an employee and you do a tax return
If you earn over the minimum amount, your employer will deduct loan repayments from your salary.
Check your payslips or P60 to see how much of your loan you’ve paid off during the tax year. You’ll need to include this information when you fill in your tax return.
The tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April the following year.
If you go abroad for more than 3 months
If you leave the UK for more than 3 months you need to tell the Student Loans Company (SLC). They will work out if you have to repay while you’re abroad and how much.
The rules for repayment are the same as in the UK, apart from different repayment thresholds for each country.
If you’re abroad, your repayment amounts are based on:
- the minimum amount under Plan 1 for that country
- the minimum amount under Plan 2 for that country
- the minimum amount under the Postgraduate Loan plan for that country
Let SLC know if your circumstances change while you’re abroad (for example, your income or address).
You can make repayments in your online account, for example if you’re not earning.
If your employer goes into liquidation
You’ll be asked to send your P60 or payslips to HMRC to show them what repayments you’ve made.
If you do not have your payslips or P60, you may need to contact the liquidator to get the information from the payroll records.
Checking your repayments
You can check your repayments and balance in your:
- annual statements from SLC
- online account
If your contact details change, you must update them in your online account.