Named a Preferred Provider by Mercer

September 13, 2017


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept.13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —, the nation’s first and most comprehensive employer-funded student loan contribution platform, has been named a preferred provider by Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC). Mercer will showcase as a preferred provider of student loan repayment assistance to its clients as part of Mercer’s Financial Wellness offerings. Specifically, Mercer clients interested in adding this benefit can take comfort knowing the Mercer research team has done extensive due diligence selecting’s industry-leading platform and will continue to conduct ongoing monitoring to ensure optimal performance. Mercer clients can also take advantage of competitive pre-negotiated fee arrangements.

“We are seeing an increasing number of employers adding student loan repayment assistance to their benefits programs as a powerful differentiator in attracting and retaining employees,” said Heather Coughlin, Solution Leader for Financial Wellness at Mercer. “Being able to name an innovator like as a preferred provider is another step forward in helping our clients compete for talent, differentiate their brand, and develop holistic financial wellness programs.”

“ is proud to be the preferred student loan repayment assistance platform for Mercer and its clients,” said Scott Thompson, CEO of “With their extensive Financial Wellness portfolio and impeccable reputation, we’re excited for more employers to adopt this meaningful benefit and help tackle the burden of student loans felt by millions of workers across the U.S.”

Student loan repayment assistance has the potential to affect more than 44 million Americans burdened by student loan debt. This innovative benefit has quickly become highly valued by today’s workforce and has proven to have an immediate and meaningful impact on employee retention and engagement. The $1.4 trillion student loan crisis has acted as a catalyst for heightened financial stress which can lead to disengagement in the workplace. Mercer’s Inside Employees’ Minds™ Financial Wellness survey found that on average, employees spend more than 150 hours of work time a year worrying about money. On a total U.S. wage bill of $5 trillion, this could be costing their employers more than $250 billion in lost wages each year. Additionally, the survey found that employees who have access to financial wellness programs report higher levels of trust and satisfaction with their employer.

About Mercer
Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Mercer’s more than 22,000 employees are based in 43 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With more than 60,000 colleagues and annual revenue over $13 billion, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer.

About is the nation’s leading employee benefit platform empowering employers to better attract, retain and engage their next generation of talent who are saddled with stifling student debt, by helping their employees reduce and better manage their student loan burden. The first provider to bring employer student loan contributions to market at scale, the award-winning company is managing more than $2 billion in outstanding loans on its secure platform. works with companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies such as Fidelity Investments and Staples, to startups including ChowNow and Chegg, as well as public entities such as the City of Memphis. is on a mission to provide an impactful solution for employers and employees across the country. For more information, visit

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