Reduce the 3.9% interest rate on student loans
I graduated in 2015 with £46,429 of debt. This is subject to an interest rate of 3.9%.
Paying back 9% of my salary over £21k p.a., only if I earn £41k am I actually reducing my total debt.
I ask the Government to reduce the 3.9% interest rate which is out of line with current interest rates.
A graduate earning £28k p.a. with the same level of debt would (under Plan 2) pay £630 a year but in that year the interest on the loan would total £1810.
By all means the Government can make it easier for graduates by reducing the (Plan 2) 3.9% interest rate but they should not otherwise make the terms of the loan more arduous (as in the 2015 Autumn Statement which froze the £21k salary threshold for 5 years, thereby increasing the annual repayments of many graduates over the next 5 years).
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