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No easy answers: English student finance and the spending review

  • 10 June 2021
  • By Nick Hillman
  • HEPI number Policy Note 31

Cuts to education may be regarded as counter-productive at times of upheaval, but it has been reported Ministers want to make savings on higher education in England at the next spending review. HEPI has therefore published some new modelling commissioned from London Economics on various possible changes to student loans.

The results are being published as No easy answers: English student finance and the spending review (HEPI Policy Note 31, attached). This considers alternative parameters for English student loans, including: removing real interest; an increase in the repayment period; and reducing the repayment threshold. The first of these options would increase the cost to Government while the other two would reduce it.

Further information, including some additional options for the future, are outlined in more detail in a slide pack produced for HEPI by London Economics that is available to download below.

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