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Things students need to know to get their tax right and to understand how student loan repayments work after they graduate.
What main tax points should I look out for as a student?
Many students work part-time, whether during term time, in vacations or both. This means students often have an income, which then may be subject to tax. Students on an apprenticeship will also be earning while they are on their course. It is important that you understand what income you can earn before you start paying tax and National Insurance contributions, what your payslip shows you and, if you have overpaid tax, how you obtain a refund.
There are other complexities that you may come across as a student. It may be that you have come to the UK to study so you will need to understand how the UK tax system works. Or maybe you are working during a sandwich year as part of your course, going abroad either during your course or when you have graduated, or volunteering or working as an intern. All of these may have tax consequences and you need to understand what these are.
Then, after you have finished your course and started work, you may need to start paying back your student loan; do you understand how this repayment will work?
What information and help can I find in this section?
We cover the following tax issues in this section with many pages linking to other areas of this website.