Graduates make a huge impact in the UK economy, job market and workplace, so we wanted to record all of the facts and figures surrounding graduates in one place.
We’ve scoured a huge amount of UK graduate information sources to provide you with all of the latest graduate statistics.
If you want to know the current number of graduates in the UK, the average graduate salary, or which universities have the lowest drop-out rates, and more… It’s all below.
Key UK Graduate Statistics
- In 2023, estimates show there will be 36.4 million graduates in the UK.
- Undergraduate figures increased by 7% from 492,355 in 2020 to 527,070 in 2021.
- Recent graduates (2020 onwards) currently face an unemployment rate of 12%, which equates to over 96,000 unemployed graduates each academic year.
- Universities in the UK awarded 133,995 first-class honours qualifications in 2022, a 14.1% decrease from 2021, where 155,955 were awarded.
- Business studies graduates achieved the highest number of qualified degrees, totalling 175,670 graduates in 2022.
- Women made up 57.6% of higher education graduates in 2022, with 530,170 women graduating.
- The percentage gap decreased from 26.3% to 20.0% between white and Black graduates getting a first-class or upper second degree from 2015 to 2021.
- On average, 6 in 100 (6.3%) students in the UK drop out of university, an average of 48,548 students each year since 2014.
- Graduate job applications have increased by 41% in comparison to last year
- Male graduates typically at the age of 25 earn 5% more than the average female graduate
- A student loan takes an average of 29 years and 4 months to pay off with the average debt being just under £48k in England.
Number of graduates per year in the UK
In the UK, there are over 800,000 undergraduates and postgraduates leaving higher education each year. Importantly, this is the number of people graduating and does not include those who do not successfully complete their degree.
“There were an estimated 36.4 million graduates in the UK in 2022”
In 2017 (the latest study of this kind), 42% of adults aged 21 to 64 years held a graduate degree, meaning there were over 34 million graduates then.  Using annual graduate figures, estimates would show that the figure in 2021 would be around 36.4 million graduates in the country.
Undergraduate numbers have steadily increased in the 2010s. The following graph shows this increase in the number of graduates per year in the UK.
Undergraduate figures increased by 7% from 492,355 in 2019/20 to 527,070 in 2020/21.
However, from 2020/21 to the 2021/22 academic year, undergraduate figures increased by only 0.4% from 527,070 to 529,360.
Similar to undergraduates, postgraduate numbers also increased in 2020/21 by 12%. The sharp increase in both undergraduate and postgraduate figures in 2021 is likely due to the drop seen in the 2019/20 year as a result of the pandemic. Postgraduate numbers saw a similar increase in 2021/22 with a 12.9% increase on the previous year, from 345,700 to 390,585.
Gender split of graduates in the UK
The table below shows comparisons of UK graduates by gender from 2019: 
Female graduates made the largest contribution to the total number of graduates over the previous five years. In fact, females made up 57.6% of higher education students in 2021/22, totalling 530,170. The number of females studying in higher education has increased by 13.5% since 2019/20.
Male numbers have also steadily increased from 332,925 in 2019/20 to 387,690 in 2021/22, a 16.4% increase in male graduates. Graduates who identify as other genders have also increased since 2019/20 from 1,000 to 2,080 in total. A large increase of around 108%. 
Which course has the highest number of graduates?
In the UK, typically business studies is the course with the highest number of graduates at a total of 141,125 graduates achieving a degree in this selected field in 2020. In second place, science subjects allied to medicine and biological sciences awarded 159,520 students with a degree in that same year. 
|Business and management||175,670|
|Subjects allied to medicine||99,570|
|Design, and creative and performing arts||65,380|
|Education and teaching||65,355|
|Engineering and technology||60,345|
|Biological and sport sciences||36,175|
|Language and area studies||28,405|
|Historical, philosophical and religious studies||27,345|
|Architecture, building and planning||22,525|
|Medicine and dentistry||21,535|
|Media, journalism and communications||19,250|
|Geography, earth and environmental studies (natural sciences)||10,675|
|Agriculture, food and related studies||6,265|
|Combined and general studies||6,800|
|Geography, earth and environmental studies (social sciences)||4,655|
At the other end of the scale, veterinary science courses typically have the fewest number of graduates in the UK with just 2,480 graduates entering the market in 2022.
Undergraduate enrolment by ethnicity
The vast majority (72.9%) of undergraduates are white, while Asian students account for the second-largest demographic at 12.2%. The third-largest ethnicity demographic in 2021 was Black students (8.3%), followed by just under 1 in 20 (4.5%) who were from mixed ethnic backgrounds, as well as 2% who were from other minority ethnic groups.
Over a five-year period prior to July 2020, the percentage of Asian, Black, Mixed and other ethnic groups beginning an undergraduate course has increased from 24% to 27.4%. 
Black students have seen the biggest increase in postgraduate study as figures rose from 5.8% in 2010/11 to 8.3% in 2019/20. Postgraduate entrants who were Asian rose by 2.4% from 9.4% over the same period.
Graduate achievements by ethnicity
A higher proportion of white graduates (38.2%) complete their degree with a first-class qualification than any other ethnicity, closely followed by those with mixed ethnicity (33.3%).
The data below breaks down degree achievement by ethnicity:
|Ethnicity||1st Class Honours||Upper 2nd Class||Lower 2nd, 3rd or Pass|
According to the UK government, the percentage gap decreased from 26.3% to 20.0% between white and Black graduates getting a first-class or upper second degree from 2015 to 2021. The data suggests the trend is shifting but could take many more years to get to similar levels. 
Student dropout rates in the UK
On average, 6 in 100 (6.3%) students in the UK drop out of university. Since 2007/08, dropout rates have decreased by 1.1%, from 7.3% in 2008, to 6.2% a decade later.  This would mean an average of 48,548 students each year drop out.
Universities with the highest dropout rates in the UK
The graph below shows the universities with the highest dropout rates:
|Rank||University||Percentage No Longer in Higher Education|
|2||Point Blank Music School||19.20%|
|3||SAE Education Limited||18.50%|
|4||London Metropolitan University||16.00%|
|5||Richmond, The American International University in London||15.80%|
|6||University of Bedfordshire||15.70%|
|7||The London Institute of Banking & Finance||15.70%|
|8||University Centre Peterborough||14.60%|
|9||University of the Highlands and Islands||14.00%|
|10||Regent's University London Limited||13.70%|
The university with the highest dropout rate as of the 2019/20 year is Arden University with a dropout rate of 32.3%. This is followed by Point Blank Music School at 19.2% 
Universities with the lowest dropout rates
The universities with the lowest dropout rates in the country as of 2019/20 are the Royal Veterinary College (0.4%), the University of Cambridge (0.6%), and the University of St Andrews (0.6%). 
|Rank||University||Percentage of Students No Longer in Higher Education|
|1||The Royal Veterinary College||0.40%|
|2||The University of Cambridge||0.60%|
|3||The University of St Andrews||0.60%|
|4||The University of Oxford||0.90%|
|5||The University of Durham||1.30%|
|6||The University of Bristol||1.50%|
|7||Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine||1.50%|
|8||The University of Birmingham||1.60%|
|9||London School of Economics and Political Science||1.60%|
|10||Glasgow School of Art||1.70%|
Studies show that the majority of universities with the lowest dropout rates can be found in the top 20 on the Complete University Guide’s league table. St George’s and the University of London are just two universities that have one of the lowest dropout scores and don’t sit in the top 20 league table.
Undergraduate courses with the highest dropout rates
IT and computing degrees, such as computer science, have the highest dropout rates with 9.2% not making it.
Undergraduate courses with the highest dropout rates were as follows: 
|2||Business and administrative studies||8.60%|
|3||Mass communications and documentation||7.60%|
|4||Creative arts and design||7.60%|
|5||Subjects allied to medicine||7.50%|
|7||Agriculture and related subjects||7%|
|8||Engineering and technology||7%|
|9||Architecture, building and planning||6.90%|
In 2020, 29,360 students in the UK deferred their studies for a gap year due to the pandemic, a 9.4% increase compared to 2019. 
Which universities have the best grades in the UK?
Overall, universities in the UK awarded 133,995 first-class honours qualifications in 2022, a 14.1% decrease from the previous year where 155,955 were awarded.
We ranked data based on which universities awarded the most first class honours awards in 2022 below, with the University of Manchester coming out on top with 2,855 given. 
Universities with the most first-class degrees in the UK
|Rank||University||First-class degrees (2022)|
|1||The University of Manchester||2,855|
|2||The University of Leeds||2,750|
|3||The Manchester Metropolitan University||2,730|
|4||University of Nottingham||2,575|
|5||University College London||2,550|
|6||The Open University||2,505|
|8||King's College London||2,100|
|9||The University of Birmingham||2,050|
|10||The University of Exeter||2,050|
The University of Leeds ranked second awarding 2,750 first-class honours classifications.
Overall, 197,345 upper second class honours qualifications were awarded in 2020/2021, a 4.1% increase compared to the year before.
UK universities with top employment figures
The University of Cambridge has the highest employability ranking for the 2022 academic year, with the University of Oxford coming in second.
The table below shows the UK universities with the highest employability rank in the 2022 academic year. 
|University||UK Employability Rank (2022)|
|University of Cambridge||1|
|University of Oxford||2|
|Imperial College London||3|
|London School of Economics and Political Science||4|
|London Business School||5|
|King's College London||6|
|University of Manchester||7|
|University of Edinburgh||9|
|University of St Andrews||10|
|University of Birmingham||11|
|Brunel University London||14|
Which universities have the best career prospects?
Five institutions based in London ranked in the top ten for the best career prospects in the UK. Imperial College London scored the highest (95%) based on the success of graduates after leaving university with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) scoring slightly lower at 91%. 
The graph below shows the top ten universities in the UK ranked by their career prospects:
Best UK universities for business founders
Whilst many graduates full of ambition go on to secure a full-time role, many also opt for a different path and become business founders. The best UK university for the proportion of business founders was found to be the University of the Arts London (15.83%), followed by LSE (14.03%).
The table below shows the top ten universities for producing business founders ranked by the percentage of founders that came from there:
|Top universities for producing business founders||Percentage|
|University of the Arts London||15.83%|
|London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)||14.03%|
|Goldsmiths, University of London||12.25%|
|University of Oxford||12.06%|
|University of Cambridge||12%|
|Soas University of London||11.47%|
|University College London (UCL)||10.41%|
|University for the creative arts||10.13%|
|Middlesex University [E]||10.11%|
The percentage of business founders is made from the number of graduates from that institution who go on to become business founders.
Graduate schemes: what are they?
Graduate schemes are designed to help someone gain industry experience whilst earning a competitive salary. The aim of the scheme is to allow new candidates to explore various areas of a business in order to broaden their knowledge whilst following a structured program, leading to a successful career for many.
Companies such as Google, KMPG, NHS, and the UK Civil Service are just a few of many large corporations offering graduate schemes on a yearly basis in Britain.
Who is eligible for a graduate scheme?
Graduate schemes require a minimum grade in order to be considered for the role. In most cases, a 2.1 or higher is the grade most companies will look for when recruiting new candidates.
How many graduate schemes do students apply for?
Recent reports show that students on average were applying up to 29 graduates schemes with different employers.
“The NHS receives an average of 85 applications for every graduate position”
In terms of NHS graduate schemes, reports show the public health service receives around 85 applications for each graduate position; they have 17,000 applications for just 200 spaces. 
On average, reports show that overall graduate job applications have increased by 41% from 2020 to 2021. 
What is the average graduate scheme salary?
The average graduate scheme salary starts at £19,000 and can reach up to £40,000, making a median average of £29,500,  this is similar to Glassdoor’s reported graduate scheme average of £29,090.
If you require more information on this topic, our research team has also compiled a complete analysis of graduate salaries in the UK including a comparison to non-graduates and a variety of job-specific data.
How much do graduate jobs pay by region?
As you would expect, London pays the highest starting salary for graduates at £27,256, with the South East following at £24,254. In the UK, Northern Ireland pays the least at an average of £21,645 to start. 
The table below shows the average starting salary for graduates around the UK:
|Region||Average starting salary|
|East of England||£24,076|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||£22,528|
Graduate starting salaries can clearly vary with a clear financial divide between the North and South of the UK. The total average salary in the UK is £25,971 in 2021, therefore, only London graduates meet and exceed this.
Which graduate schemes pay the highest?
The highest-paid graduate scheme in the UK is a private finance role for Rothschilds, with a salary of £65,000 followed by investment banking positions with J.P. Morgan, who will pay graduates £58,000 a year. 
|J. P. Morgan||Investment Banking||£58,000|
|Goldman Sachs||Investment Banking||£52,000|
|The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)||Investment Banking||£54,000|
Most commonly, the highest-paid graduate schemes sit within finance and banking and often exceed the average amount by tens of thousands of pounds.
How many undergraduates gain work experience?
Studies show that the majority (64%) of undergraduates undertake some period of unpaid work experience, with 41% of this group doing so for at least one month. 
In 2020, that would mean around 512,227 (64%) students did some period of work experience before entering the job market as graduates, and 210,014 did so unpaid.
“Over 210,000 students work unpaid during their degrees each year”
A separate study from 1995 showed that 82% of undergraduates had some work experience during their degree, comparatively this could indicate modern students are less likely to do work experience. 
In terms of employability, most (94%) interns are offered job roles once they have completed work experience, therefore, it is a valuable decision for students to add to their CV. 
How long does it take graduates to secure a job?
Securing a job role is a process many students start prior to graduating with many beginning applications in an attempt to begin full-time work as soon as possible once qualified.
Studies show the time it takes for graduates to secure a job varies anywhere between three to 18 months.
Graduate outcomes and employment figures
In 2022, 79% of UK graduates from 2020 were in full-time or part-time employment. That’s around 391,320 graduates employed from that year. 
“A typical graduate cohort will see around 82% enter into employment or further studies within a year”
Below is an example of typical graduate outcomes showing the many different paths students choose once they have completed their degrees. The data refers to the graduates who graduating in 2020 and what they were doing when data was analysed in 2022.
|Graduate Outcome||Number of Graduates|
|Unknown pattern of employment||2,610|
|Voluntary or unpaid work||4,825|
|Employment and further study||42,330|
|Full-time further study||33,395|
|Part-time further study||2,260|
|Unknown pattern of further study||290|
|Other including travel, caring for someone or retired||19,530|
|Unemployed and due to start work||4,275|
|Unemployed and due to start further study||1,340|
Using 2020 graduates the data shows a typical outcome for a year’s cohort of students: the majority 89.1% are in some form of education or employment, a further 4.8% go into caring for loved ones and/or travel, while the remaining 6.1% are unemployed, or unknown.
Degrees with the highest employment in the UK
Degrees related to professional services, tech, and science, had the highest percentage of high-skilled graduates employed in the UK at 93%, closely followed by information and communication professionals (90%). Therefore, the degrees with the highest employment in the UK, are likely those in I.T., tech, and science related fields.
Below is a table which displays the percentage of graduates and/or postgraduates working in various professional industries by the level of skill, giving some indication of employment by degree subject:
|Standard Industrial Classification||Total high skilled graduates||Total medium skilled graduates||Total low skilled graduates|
|Professional, scientific and technical activities||93%||6%||1%|
|Information and communication||90%||5%||4%|
|Mining and quarrying||87%||8%||4%|
|Human health and social work activities||83%||16%||1%|
|Public administration and defence; compulsory social security||82%||15%||2%|
|Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies||82%||16%||2%|
|Real estate activities||77%||19%||5%|
|Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities||75%||15%||10%|
|Financial and insurance activities||75%||20%||5%|
|Arts, entertainment and recreation||69%||21%||10%|
|Other service activities||66%||29%||5%|
|Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply||64%||14%||21%|
|Administrative and support service activities||56%||24%||20%|
|Transportation and storage||41%||21%||38%|
|Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles||34%||8%||58%|
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing||33%||29%||38%|
|Accommodation and food service activities||17%||16%||67%|
|Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods-and services-producing activities of households for own use||7%||91%||2%|
9 in 10 (90%) postgraduates who completed their course in 2018/2019 were in high-skilled jobs in 2021. In comparison to this, undergraduates equated to 69% suggesting that postgraduate study makes a prospective employee more likely to be hired.
How many graduates are self-employed?
In 2021, 12,130 graduates (from 2018 onwards) were self-employed, using graduate figures, that would mean only 0.78% of graduates from two academic years became self-employed after graduating.
The table below demonstrates graduate numbers (from two academic years) for self-employment, and those running their own business, or working on creating projects.
|Running own business||Developing a creative portfolio||Multiple|
What is the average graduate salary?
The average graduate salary in the UK is £30,000 and has been this way since 2015. As we’ve discussed, this varies per region, and graduate schemes often inflate the average when compared to an entry-level role outside of such schemes.
UK graduate salaries per subject area
Science-based subjects such as medicine, dentistry, subjects allied to medicine, biological science, and veterinary sciences pay the highest salary to graduates who achieve a first-class degree and are highly skilled with starting salaries ranging between £31,000 to £35,000. 
A medium skilled dentistry role could be a dental assistant, while the high-skilled role in the field could be a dentist. This designation is not a choice we have made in the analysis and comes from the various data sources.
|Subject area of degree||High skilled||Medium skilled||Low skilled|
|Medicine & dentistry||£35,000||£18,500||N/A|
|Subjects allied to medicine||£25,000||£19,000||£18,000|
|Agriculture & related subjects||£23,500||£18,500||£19,000|
|Engineering & technology||£28,000||£22,000||£18,000|
|Architecture, building & planning||£24,000||£20,000||£18,000|
|Business & administrative studies||£25,000||£20,500||£18,000|
|Mass communications & documentation||£21,000||£19,500||£17,000|
|Historical & philosophical studies||£24,500||£19,000||£18,000|
|Creative arts & design||£21,000||£18,000||£16,000|
For most roles, if graduates possess a lower range of skills when starting out, the average salary earned is £18,000 with the potential to progress as skillsets are improved.
Best universities for high salaries in the UK
The best university for high salaries is the University College of Estate Management (UCEM), as 29% of its graduates receive a salary of £51,000 or more. This is a remote learning institution specialising in construction and real estate graduates, leading to roles that have higher salaries.
London School of Economics (LSE) is the next highest university with 12% of its graduates hitting the £51,000+ salary mark.  In 2021, LSE was offering 41 undergraduate courses therefore not having a specialised pool of undergraduates like UCEM.
The following is a list of the top ten universities ranked by the percentage of graduates earning above £51,000:
|University||% of graduates receiving salary of £51,000+|
|University College of Estate Management||29%|
|London School of Economics and Political Science||12%|
|Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine||8%|
|The Open University||8%|
|The University of Cambridge||7%|
|The University of Oxford||6%|
|The University of Warwick||5%|
The highest published graduate starting salaries for 2021 include law firms White & Case (£50,000), Clifford Chance (£48,000), Baker McKenzie (£48,000), Linklaters (£47,000), technology company TPP (£45,000) and retailer Aldi (£44,000.) 
Other studies  on universities with the highest graduate salaries have shown:
- Graduates of Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) earn an average of £52,167 five years after graduating.
- Students leaving the University of Oxford can expect an average salary of £47,618 after five years.
- Imperial College graduates earn an average of £45,741 per year after five years.
- The average salary five years after graduation for students from the University of Cambridge is £44,190.
- University College London graduates achieve an average salary of £40,855 five years after graduation.
Gender pay gap for graduates
Male full-time high-skilled graduates who obtained first-class degree qualifications and entered full-time paid employment in the UK in 2019 were paid on average £26,000 compared to high skilled females who were paid £24,500. 
On average, male graduates at the age of 25 earn 5% more than the average female graduate. By age 30, the gender pay gap in annual earnings stands at 25%. 
The graph below demonstrates the portion of graduates and their earnings for men and women.  Studies do not offer comparative information for anyone identifying as other than male or female.
Lower salary bands on average have a higher percentage of women earning more than men. Whilst an average of 6% more women than men earned more in the salary bracket £24,000 – £26,999, it seems that the gender pay gap widens as the salary band increases. In particular, 7% of males earn £51,000+ compared to just 3% of females.
How many unemployed graduates in the UK?
The graduate unemployment rate is 12% for graduates who obtained a degree in recent years (2019 onwards), but the overall graduate unemployment rate is 3.2% as of 2021. In 2020, the graduate unemployment rate was 3.7%, meaning the rate has decreased by 0.5 percentage points.
With the rate of 12%, this would mean, in recent years, there are approximately 96,041 unemployed graduates each year in the UK, based off 2021’s academic year.
When looking at the data regionally, we can see that England, Wales, and Scotland have an average graduate unemployment rate of 5%, while Northern Ireland has just 3%. 
How many jobs do graduates apply for?
Most graduates who apply for graduate schemes and job roles will never receive a response from the majority of their applications. With most graduates applying on average to around 25 job roles, they find that the ratio of receiving an invitation to an interview to job applications is just over twenty to one.
Degrees with the highest unemployment in the UK
There are some degree subjects that are more likely to land you a job when you graduate than others. One study analysed the employability of different degrees by asking students to give a rating on the job prospects available to them after graduating.
Media and cultural studies came out as the worst degree subject for employment with students rating it a 2.5/5 on average. As a broad degree, students found that jobs in media were highly competitive and applicants with more specific skills generally fared better.
The degree subject with the second lowest employability rating was European studies (2.8/5). Similar to international relations (3/5), graduates in this sector are often competing for a small number of roles in global organisations, making it a tough job market.
Other subjects that students rated poorly for job prospects were Psychology (2.9/5), which often requires further study to obtain a job, and civil engineering (3.1/5) which saw a 50% decrease in new apprentices in 50% as the sector has struggled to offer new jobs.
|Rank||Subject||Rating for job prospects|
|1||Media and cultural studies||2.5/5|
|4||International Relations and European Studies||3/5|
UK graduates and Covid-19
The pandemic had a detrimental impact on the opportunities available and career prospects for everyone, but especially graduates who entered the market at the time.
As many were ordered to stay indoors, 75% of graduates noticed a fall in the number of available opportunities in 2020 and 2021, with many (72.6%) graduates feeling less confident about their future.  According to the University of Southampton, 83% said that the pandemic had a detrimental impact on graduates’ employment prospects with most graduates saying they had to rethink their future (79.4%). 
Furthermore, the ONS found that UK graduates reported a lower life satisfaction score (6.7) than people of their typical age (6.9) and average adults (7.0) during that time. 
The pandemic also saw many more graduates in roles that aren’t typically filled by people with degrees. In the UK in 2020, 25.5% of graduates were in a role that was requiring skills less than they had gained in their degree, referred to as a ‘skills mismatch’, this was 5% more in 2019 during the pandemic. 
Student finance statistics in UK
Fees to study at university were first introduced in 1998. In 2006, a new system was introduced which would make studying for a degree more accessible. The cost to study was raised to £3,000 in England which would be classed as a tuition loan. As fees gradually increased, the Government raised fees further to £9,000 per year in 2012.
Whilst the pandemic caused record unemployment, graduates were also unable to make repayments.  In fact, 201,900 graduates (From various academic years) failed to make repayments through their salary in 2020-21.
How much is the average student loan debt in the UK?
As students in England pay £9,000 a year to study for their chosen degree, they will incur an average of over £45,060 of student loan debt in the 2020 decade.
In comparison, the average student loan debt varies in other regions, for example, Wales has an average of £27,600, and Northern Ireland has £24,720.. Scotland has the lowest average student loan debt at £15,170, this is due to Scottish students not having to pay tuition fees. 
When does a student debt have to be paid off?
Whilst the new system implemented in 2012 allows students to defer their student loans during their study, these debts still have to be repaid within 30 years.
The table below shows a graduates minimum earnings (before tax) to have to pay back their student debts:
|Region||Annual earnings||Monthly earnings|
As you can see, England has the highest repayment threshold allowing graduates to earn up to £27,295 a year before having to start making repayments. In comparison, Northern Ireland has the lowest threshold with graduates beginning repayments once earning £19,895.
The average annual repayment via HMRC per region in order was England (£930), Northern Ireland (£840), Wales (£800), and finally, Scotland (£660.)
How long on average does it take a graduate to pay off their student loan?
As students start making repayment at different thresholds, the average time to pay off a student loan may vary per person. A study revealed that a student loan takes an average of 29 years and 4 months to pay off with the average debt being just under £48k in England. 
According to the UK Government, it is expected that just 25% of current full-time undergraduates will repay their full student loan. 
Outstanding student debt
The Students Loan Company states that as of 2021, outstanding student loan debt in the United Kingdom reached over 177 billion British pounds starting from 2013/14 when student debts were increased to £9,000 a year.
“Estimates say by 2050, there will be £560 billion of student loan debt in the UK”
England owes the majority of this debt standing at £160 billion with Scotland totalling £6.5 billion, Wales £6.2 billion, and Northern Ireland £4.1 billion. By the middle of the century, the Government predicts that the value of outstanding loans will be around £560 billion. 
In 2021, 1,117,000 students took a student loan. The value of student loans equalled £15,908 million.
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