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Student Loan Debt by the Numbers – For Brokers

Student loan debt is at an all-time high, creating financial uncertainty for many employees.

  • 1 in 4
    employees have student loan debt.
    Source: ADPRI
  • 77%
    of organizations are having difficulty recruiting top talent.
    Source: SHRM
  • 49%
    of organizations are having difficulty retaining employees.
    Source: SHRM

When employers address the burden of student loan debt, recruitment and retention get easier, engagement climbs, and productivity grows. Student loan benefits, including student loan paydown, matching retirement contribution, and 1:1 personalized counseling, are a win-win!

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But many employers don’t know where to start!

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3 Easy Ways to Get Informed and Help Employers Get Started

1 Use our interactive map to view student loan debt numbers by state.


  • Average Debt under $33,000
  • Average Debt $33,001 - $37,000
  • Average Debt $37,001 and above


  1. Hanson, Melanie. “Student Loan Debt by State” EducationData.org, April 3, 2022.
  2. Based on a 10-year term at 6.8%.
  3. TICAS 2019-2020.

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2 Use our free resources to learn more about student loan repayment assistance.


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Learn the impact of student loan debt by industry sector.

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Employer’s Guide to Student Loan Repayment Assistance

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ROI Calculator

Show employers that student loan repayment assistance can pay for itself.

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3 Contact John for a quick quote or to learn more.

John Hansen

John Hansen
Director, Strategic Partnerships

Call: (651) 247-2510

Email: jhansen@ascendiumeducation.org

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