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How much will students really have to pay for their student loan?

9 March 2012 Last updated at 07:34 GMT

People planning to go to university this year are being encouraged to get their applications for student loans in early so they do not miss the deadline.

A new fees system will begin in the autumn that could mean some graduates in England end up paying back double the amount they borrow.

So do they really know what they are letting themselves in for?

The BBC's John Maguire has been taking a look at the numbers.