Data set from Student loan forecasts for England

Table 2a: Forecast number of students receiving loans, by loan product

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Forecast number of student receiving loans by loan product in thousands of students

Data set details

Finance and funding
Student loan forecasts for England
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of students (thousands)
  • Actual or Forecast
  • Loan product
  • Loan type
Time period
2019/20 to 2027/28

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Plan 1TotalTotal201920xAcademic yearNationalE92000001EnglandActual
Plan 1TotalTotal202021xAcademic yearNationalE92000001EnglandActual
Plan 1TotalTotal202122zAcademic yearNationalE92000001EnglandForecast
Plan 1TotalTotal202223zAcademic yearNationalE92000001EnglandForecast
Plan 1TotalTotal202324zAcademic yearNationalE92000001EnglandForecast

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 5 variables
Variable nameVariable description
actual_forecastActual or Forecast - Filter by actuals or forecast
loan_productLoan product - Filter by loan product
loan_typeLoan type - Filter by loan type
number_of_students_thousandsNumber of students (thousands)
plan_typePlan type of loan - Filter by plan type


  1. Coverage: Borrowers who received loans as English domiciled students studying in the UK or as EU domiciled students studying in England.
  2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 1,000 borrowers.
  3. Where you see the symbol 'z' this refers to not applicable.
  4. Where you see ‘low’ this refers to figures which round to 0, but are not 0.
  5. Where you see the symbol 'x' this refers to not available.
  6. Borrowers receiving both fee and maintenance loans for their course are included in both totals.
  7. The 2019/20 and 2020/21 figures are provisional figures based on DfE analysis of SLC data, apart from Plan 3 figures. Plan 3 actuals are taken from SLC publication ‘Student support for higher education in England 2022’.
  8. The outlay model only forecasts students as receiving loans up to six years after they entered higher education; therefore no Plan 1 outlay is forecasted in financial year 2023-24 onwards. However, there are some exceptional cases where students may still be paid a Plan 1 loan later than this, for example, if they had suspended their studies.
  9. A summary timeline of introduction of different plan types is available in table 1.1 in the Methodology.

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