The Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information has produced a number of guides and tools to help students in England understand the cost of going into higher education.
Not sure how the system works? Read through Martin Lewis' 20 key points every potential student, parent and grandparent should know: www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/student-loans-tuition-fees-changes
MoneySavingExpert.com have designed a calculator to enable students to change the variables such as tuition fee level, maintenance loan level and likely starting salary, and get an idea of what they'll pay back and for how long:
A student finance calculator that enables prospective part-time students to work out what they will actually pay back, as opposed to the widely quoted 'price tag':