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Sale of Student Loans

In December 2017 the UK Government sold part of the student loans book. This is the first disposal in a four year programme of sales. The programme, announced in February 2017, intends to dispose of all income contingent loans issued before 2012. The sale achieved £1.7 billion from 1.2 million loans which entered repayment between 2002 and 2006 held by over 400,000 borrowers.

This study will consider whether the Government has achieved value for money from this sale. It will assess how the Department for Education, with advice from UK Government Investments, prepared for the sale; the process that was followed; and the proceeds achieved.