It’s the first week of March, and for thousands of people in media, tech, education and music, that means it’s time for the annual pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest. This year, the $1.4 trillion national crisis of student debt takes center stage at SXSW, with several panels and discussions among leading experts on this widespread problem.
To highlight how many people are impacted by the burden of student loans, the folks at Tuition.io decided to estimate the amount of student loans held by those attending SXSW. The answer: $525 million!
If you are one of the thousands of people attending SXSW who is still paying off your student loan, then come join the panel discussion at 11 am on Sunday, March 11: Dear HR: Ditch the Pool Table and Pay Student Loans. This panel, moderated by Jillian Berman of Marketwatch, explores employer student loan assistance — one of the hottest new worker benefits and a powerful tool in engaging and retaining talent in today’s workplace. The panel will dive into the details of how repayment plans are designed and implemented for maximum benefit to all stakeholders. Hope to see you there!