Old Student Loan.. will this be written off? confused! eclareb

I have 3 student loans from 91, 96 and 97.

These have now been sold to erudio.

I dont earn over the minimum threshold for repayment.

Will the terms of my loans be those that were applied at the time of taking out the loans or have these/can these be changed when they were sold?

Im confused. Ive been reading loads of sites and theres lots of different information and Im not sure whats current or applicable.

I will be 50 this year.

Will they be written off then?

If thats the case, will that only be the amount of the loan or the full amount outstanding, ie will they still be able to pursue me for charges and outstanding costs incurred?

Hi eclareb,

When the old style loans were sold on the existing terms and conditions should've remained the same, including the right to defer.

The Student Loan Company has published some information about when loans are no longer payable - http://www.slc.co.uk/services/collection-of-loan-repayments/loan-cancellation.aspx It would seem, based on your post, that yours wouldn't be written off until you are 65 (assuming you don't earn above the threshold before then).



Loans pre 1998 are statute barred provided you have not deferred/made a payment or acknowledged the loan within the past 6 years; https://www.nationaldebtline.org/EW/factsheets/Pages/time-limits-for-recovering-debts/statute-barred-debt.aspx

"Student loans

There are ‘old style’ and ‘new style’ student loans. Old-style student loans are for students who started their university course before September 1998. New-style student loans apply to students starting their course from September 1998 onwards.

The Limitation Act says that the limitation period for student loans is six years.

The cause of action (when the limitation period starts running) for old-style student loans, is usually when the loan became due for repayment in the April following the conclusion of your course. However, if you asked for it to be deferred within the six year limitation period, this would have restarted the limitation period.

For new-style student loans, the cause of action is likely to be when your earnings reach the set level at which deductions from your wages can begin. Because the Student Loan Company can take money directly from your wages, it might be more difficult to use the Limitation Act. Contact us for advice."

They are written off once you either turn 65, or if you've deferred for the last 25 years, or if you become permanently disabled and unable to work; http://www.studentloanrepayment.co.uk/portal/page?_pageid=93,6678571&_dad=portal

I told them over the phone that mine was statute barred (1995-1998 loan and I last made a payment in 2002) and they sent a letter a few days later confirming that it was and they would take no further action.

I hope this helps!

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