Mercer, global leader in HR consulting, names as preferred provider of student loan repayment assistance to its clients worldwide

September 13, 2017


In another example of how student loan assistance is now being adopted by the world’s biggest and best companies, Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, has announced that it has chosen as a preferred provider. Mercer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), has over 22,000 employees and operates in 130 countries worldwide. Mercer will offer’s industry-leading platform to its clients as part of Mercer’s Financial Wellness offerings. This partnership gives unprecedented reach as well as the validation that comes from being vetted by one of the world’s top HR firms.

Specifically, Mercer clients interested in adding this benefit can take comfort knowing the Mercer research team has done extensive due diligence in selecting 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.”

Student loan repayment assistance has the potential to change the lives of 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.

“ 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.”

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.