Data set from Student loan forecasts for England

Table 7a: Sensitivity of Resource Accounting and Budgeting (RAB) charges and stock charges to key economic inputs​

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Sensitivity of RAB and stock charge to changes in RPI, average earnings and Bank of England rate.

Data set details

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Student loan forecasts for England
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Average earnings growth 1pp higher each year
  • Average earnings growth 1pp lower each year
  • Bank of England base rate 1pp higher each year
  • Loan type
  • Plan type of loan
  • Stock or RAB charge
Time period

Data set preview

Table showing first 4 rows, from underlying data
Plan 1Plan 1 loansStock46-665-52-2202122Academic yearNationalE92000001England
Plan 2Higher education full timeRAB44-666-6zz202122Academic yearNationalE92000001England
Plan 2Higher education part timeRAB33-444-4zz202122Academic yearNationalE92000001England
Plan 2Advanced Learner loansRAB55-23-12zz202122Academic yearNationalE92000001England

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 10 variables
Variable nameVariable description
average_earnings_growth_-1ppAverage earnings growth 1pp lower each year
average_earnings_growth_+1ppAverage earnings growth 1pp higher each year
bank_of_england_base_rate_-1ppBank of England base rate 1pp lower each year
bank_of_england_base_rate_+1ppBank of England base rate 1pp higher each year
baseline_chargeCurrent forecast


  1. Coverage: Undergraduate 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%.
  3. The ALL model is designed such that the repayment rate and interest charge are cohort based rather than applying to everyone in the actual year. So we don't see any impact in FY21-22 for either of these.
  4. Plan 1 loans include unsold, retained and loans sold at both sale 1 and sale 2. For more information on the loan sales, go to: Sale 1: Sale 2:"
  5. This table demonstrates how sensitive the RAB and stock charges are to various economic parameters. The size of the impacts presented here only applies to the figures shown and the results are not linear; that is if the size of the variation was doubled then the impact would not necessarily be double that shown.
  6. Where you see the symbol 'z' this refers to not applicable.
  7. Plan 2 loans were introduced in place of Plan 1 loans for new entrants to higher education from August 2012. Part-time higher education fee loans were introduced at the same time and part-time maintenance loans were introduced in August 2018.
  8. Advanced Learner Loans were introduced for students aged 24+ on some further education courses in August 2013, and extended to students aged 19-23 in August 2016.
  9. Differences in the impacts between different loan products in the same scenario may be due to differences in the loan policy or differences in the characteristics of the borrowers with each type of loan.
  10. All changes are assumed to begin in financial year 2022-23.

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