Are you eligible for student loan repayments?

Published: Thursday February 17 2022 by Katie Thornton

With growing concern surrounding the 2022 increase in cost of living and energy bills for the average UK household, GOV.UK has recently published information around student loans and the criteria for some teaching staff to potentially claim back their student loan repayments.

The initiative was launched by the government to improve teacher retention rates across certain subject areas. It is worth bearing in mind that the eligibility criteria are dependent upon the subject taught, local authority taught in and completion date of your initial teaching training course.

You can claim if you:

  • Taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing or Languages during the 2021 to 2022 financial year (6 April 2021 to 5 April 2022)
  • Taught at a school in an eligible local authority during the 2021 to 2022 financial year - Check which areas are eligible
  • 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 2014 to 2015 academic year (1 September to 31 August)
  • Are currently employed as a teacher at a state-funded secondary school in England

Claims can be made from September 2022 and 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 make any Income Tax or National Insurance contributions for this payment.

Full information can be found on the GOV.UK website.