About Us

The Student Loans Company (SLC) is a non-profit making Government-owned organisation set up in 1989 to provide loans and grants to students in universities and colleges in the UK.

The company plays a central role in supporting the Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) sectors by: making timely and accurate payments of maintenance grants and loans to learners; and ensuring timely and accurate payments of tuition fee loans to HE and FE providers. We do this by working with the Departments for Education (DfE,England), Education and Lifelong Learning (DELL, Scotland), Education and Skills (DfES,Wales) and the Department for the Economy (DfEcon, Northern Ireland). We also work with the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), Higher and Further Education providers and other delivery partners.

SLC services around 1.8 million applications per year, responds to 4.5 million phone calls from borrowers and has over 6 million repaying or due to repay customers with loans totalling more than £100 billion.