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College grads will love the newest workplace perk
College grads will love the newest workplace perk

Student debt assistance may shape up to be the hot new workplace benefit in 2016—the kind of perk that serves to attract top talent by promising to relieve workers of onerous student debt.

Here’s a breakdown of how new programs offered by Natixis, CommonBond, PwC and Chegg work.


How much: $10,000 over six years—$5,000 up front, then $1,000 each consecutive year until workers reach $10,000

Who qualifies: Employees who have worked for the company at least five years

How to get it: Natixis will issue the benefit like a regular paycheck. The workers will be free to use it for any outstanding student loans. The company will not follow up to be sure the cash goes toward debt however, a process that would prove too difficult to maintain.

The fine print: The cash will be taxed like a bonus, so the overall benefit will likely be much lower than $10,000. The money can also only be used for federal Stafford or Perkins loans.

When: Beginning Jan. 1, 2016

How much: $100 per month indefinitely. This is a huge advantage over other student debt payoff benefits, which typically have caps ($7200 at PwC and $10,000 at Natixis, for example). A CommonBond spokesperson confirms the company will keep slipping workers $100 a month “until the loan is fully paid off, so long as the person is employed at CommonBond.”

Who qualifies: anyone who works at CommonBond

The fine print: The benefit will be taxed.

When: The perk started in December 2015.

How much: $1,000 per year indefinitely, for as long as the worker stays with Chegg

Who qualifies: Any full-time Chegg employee with outstanding loan debt

How to get it: Chegg partners with student loan payment site Workers set up a profile, funds are sent to and are then sent directly to their student loan servicer.

The fine print: (You guessed it!) The benefit is treated like taxable income. But it can be used for both private and federal loans.

When: The program began in April 2015.

How much: $1200 per year for up to six years, for a total of $7,200.

Who qualifies: Full-time PwC employees who hold associate or senior associate titles (45% of the company’s 46,000-strong workforce)

How to get it: PwC is using a new platform created by a startup called Gradifi. It’s called “Student Loan Paydown.” Companies contribute directly toward an employee’s student loan principal on a monthly basis. Gradifi distributes those funds to loan servicers.

The fine print: The benefit will be taxed and is capped at $7200.

When: July 2016

Posted on: 2015/12/11 17:14
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