Student Loans are part of the Government's financial support package for students in higher education in the UK. They are available to help students meet their expenses while they are studying.
HMRC is responsible for collecting repayments of Income Contingent Student Loans in cases where the borrower is within the UK tax system and no longer in higher education. The Student Loans Company will advise HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) when an employee is due to begin repayment of their student loan(s).
The employer is responsible for:
The income threshold for an employee to start making repayments is £17,335 a year (£1,444.58 a month or £333.36 a week). Once an employee's income goes over the threshold, the employer will deduct 9% of their income that's over the threshold towards repaying their loan.
To access this utility, simply go to ‘Employees’ and select the employee’s name on the left:
1) Click on the Tax/ NICs/RTI heading
2) Tick the Student Loan box to indicate that the employee is liable to make student loan repayments
3) Enter a start date and stop date, if known
4) Click Save Changes
The payroll software will now automatically calculate and apply the appropriate student loan deduction as per the current Student Loan Deduction Tables.
A quick-edit facility for student loan deductions can also be found in ‘Payroll’:
1) Select the employee’s name from the listing
2) Click the Edit icon at the top right of the employee's payslip
3) Within Tax/ NIC Details, tick or untick the Student Loan box as applicable
4) Enter a start date and stop date, if known
5) Click Save
Need help? Support is available at 0345 9390019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.