Student loan overpayments of nearly 19m go unclaimed over five year period

Student loan overpayments of nearly £19m go unclaimed over five-year period

That’s according to data from Research Professional News

Nearly £19 million in student loan over-payments has been held by the Government over the last five years unclaimed by graduates.

Just under 60,000 former students in England overpaid on their student loans since 2015-16 and are owed refunds, averaging more than £300 per person, according to data from the Student Loans Company.

The figures, obtained by Research Professional News, show nearly £18.4 million of over-payments on student loans in England has not yet been refunded to graduates’ bank accounts.

The SLC said it has introduced a new online repayment service over the past two years to make it easier for customers to manage their student loans and help avoid over-repayment.

The data, which was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that between 2015-16 and 2019-20 a total of £18,353,028 was not refunded.

The figures also show that, between these years, 58,950 people had not claimed their refunds.

Published: by Radio NewsHub

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