Data set from Student loan forecasts for England

Table 7b: Sensitivity of Resource Accounting and Budgeting (RAB) charges to key policy inputs

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Sensitivity of RAB charges to changes in repayment thresholds, interest rate and repayment rate.

Data set details

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Student loan forecasts for England
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Current forecast
  • Interest rate 1pp higher each year
  • Interest rate 1pp lower each year
  • Loan type
Time period

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Table showing first 3 rows, from underlying data
Plan 2Higher eduction full-time loansRAB533-3-223-2202021Academic yearNationalE92000001England
Plan 2Higher education part-time loansRAB464-4-222-1202021Academic yearNationalE92000001England
Plan 2Advanced Learner LoansRAB672-3-221-1202021Academic yearNationalE92000001England

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 8 variables
Variable nameVariable description
baseline_chargeCurrent forecast
interest_rate_-1ppInterest rate 1pp lower each year
interest_rate_+1ppInterest rate 1pp higher each year
loan_typeLoan type - Filter by loan type
repayment_rate_-1ppRepayment rate 1pp lower


  1. Master's loans were introduced in August 2016.
  2. All changes are assumed to begin in financial year 2020-21, other than the repayment threshold and repayment rate which begin in 2021-22 since no borrowers affecting the 2020-21 RAB charge will be in repayment until at least April 2021.
  3. Coverage: Higher education borrowers who received loans as English domiciled students studying in the UK or as EU domiciled students studying in England.
  4. Plan 2 loans were introduced in place of Plan 1 loans for new entrants to higher education from September 2012. Part-time higher education fee loans were introduced at the same time and part-time maintenance loans were introduced in August 2018.
  5. In the repayment threshold scenarios the threshold is assumed to be £1,000 lower/higher in 2021-22 (i.e. £26,295 or £28,295 for Plan 2), before growing in line with average earnings growth in subsequent years in line with the current policy.
  6. 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.
  7. This table demonstrates how sensitive the RAB and stock charges are to various policy 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.
  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. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 1%.

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