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Companies That Offer Employer Student Loan Repayment

July 2, 2018
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Only about 4% of companies offer employer-sponsored student loan repayment benefits, according to the 2018 Employee Benefits Report, a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Student loan borrowers who get an employer’s student loan repayment benefit, and can make extra payments, will pay off their debts faster and pay less in interest.

Consider this: A student loan borrower with $27,000 in loans at an interest rate of 5% who pays $286 a month will be debt-free in 10 years and pay $7,320 in interest. But with $100 a month from an employer’s student loan repayment benefit added to the loan payment, the borrower shaves off over three years of payments and saves $2,282 in interest.

» MORE: How to pay off student loans fast

Employers are increasingly responding to the needs of an indebted workforce by offering student loan repayment as a benefit. Employers that offer the benefit often use companies like IonTuition or Gradifi, and offer a monthly benefit — typically about $100 — over a certain number of years, or up to a lifetime maximum.

Here’s what student loan repayment benefits look like at 10 major U.S. companies:

Aetna

Industry: Insurance

Benefit details: Full-time employees: match up to $2,000 per year, with a $10,000 lifetime maximum. Part-time employees: match up to $1,000 per year, with a $5,000 lifetime maximum.

CommonBond

Industry: Marketplace lending

Benefit details: $1,200 per year, until the loan is paid off.

Estee Lauder

Industry: Skin care and makeup

Benefit details: $100 per month, with a lifetime maximum of $10,000.

Fidelity Investments

Industry: Financial services

Benefit details: $2,000 per year, with a lifetime maximum of $10,000.

LiveNation

Industry: Events promotion

Benefit details: $100 per month, or $1,200 per year, with a lifetime maximum of $6,000.

Natixis Global Asset Management

Industry: Asset management

Benefit details: $1,000 annual benefit — up to $83.33 per month, for a lifetime maximum of $10,000 over 10 years.

Nvidia

Industry: Technology

Benefit details: Recent graduates (within the last three years) can apply for reimbursement of $6,000 each year to help repay student loans, up to $30,000.

Penguin Random House

Industry: Publishing

Benefit details: $100 per month, up to $9,000 for up to 7.5 years.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Industry: Professional services

Benefit details: $100 per month, or $1,200 per year, for up to six years.

Staples

Industry: Office supply retail

Benefit details: $100 per month for 36 months.

How to assess employee benefits

Student loan repayment is still rare compared with other benefits like health insurance and retirement match programs. Its availability is on par with benefits like a carpooling subsidy (4%) and even less common than a perk such as pet health insurance (11%), according to the SHRM survey.

When you’re offered a job or are comparing employers, experts say to look at the entire benefits package and weigh what will affect your life most.

“If an employer does not provide student loan repayment, my advice is not to let that be a disincentive from joining that employer,” says Chatrane Birbal, director of congressional affairs for health and employee benefits policy at SHRM. An employer may not offer student loan repayment, but they could offer other valuable benefits.

Benefits like educational stipends are more common to find and can further your earning potential, without adding to your debt. More than half of employers who responded to the SHRM survey provide educational assistance for schooling, compared with a small fraction who have student loan repayment.

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