Student Financial Support

Sharia Compliant Finance

Non-interest bearing and Sharia Compliant Finance

You may be deterred from funding your study and living costs using the UK government’s student loans because of the interest added to the repayment of these loans.

Student Loans Company interest rates

Before 2012 the interest on government loans was set at the rate of inflation but since 2012 student loans accrue interest at the rate of inflation plus 3 percent whilst you are at university and then after you leave university between the rate of inflation only and inflation plus 3 percent depending on your earnings.

Alternative Sharia-compliant funding system

In September 2014 the UK government undertook a consultation to explore the need for an alternative finance product based on Takaful principles and how this alternative finance product could be delivered by the Student Loans Company. Further support for the development and implementation of an alternative student finance product was reiterated in the 2016 Success as a Knowledge Economy report (page 59). 

In March 2023, in response to its consultation on the Lifelong Learning Entitlement (LLE), the Government said a Sharia-compliant alternative student finance product would not be part of the launch of the LLE in 2025. The Government said it remained committed to delivering such a product "as soon as possible after 2025".

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