“In order to attract and retain talent, employers are looking at offering contributions to people’s student loans,” said Katie Berliner, account executive at YouDecide, a benefits firm.
Companies that have offered their employees help with their student loans include Aetna, Penguin Random House, Nvidia and Sotheby’s.
A spokesman for Fidelity said nearly 60 companies — including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, New York Air Brake and Millennium Trust — are currently (or will soon be) using its student debt employer contribution program. (Fidelity also offers a student debt benefit for its own employees.)
“Do a quick Google search and find the employers who are out there doing this,” Berliner said.
Most likely the company you’re interviewing with won’t offer the benefit, yet that shouldn’t stop you from asking about it, Berliner said.
“In the course of the interview, there comes a point where the interviewer says, ‘Do you have any questions?'” Berliner said. “It would not be out of line to say: ‘I want to get your perspective on whether you think this a valuable benefit.'”