New commentary penned on the most
recent PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution (DC) Survey results by Paul Curley,
director of college savings research for Strategic Insight, suggests the
frequency of firms offering to assist with the cost of higher or continuing
education is greater than ever.
The DC survey asked retirement plan sponsors if they provide
any type of “tuition reimbursement program for post-employment
education/tuition expenses.” Overall 47.1% of respondents answered in the
affirmative, with “positive responses increasing with the size of the firm.”
As Curley observes, the survey also asked if the plan
sponsors “provide a student loan repayment/reimbursement program for new/recent
graduates.” Just 2.2% of firms surveyed indicated they do so.
Important to note, according to Curley, is that “among firms
offering a 529 plan, the response rates on these two questions increased from
47.1% to 71.8% and from 2.2% to 5.5%. Alternatively among firms that don’t
offer a 529 plans, the response rates decreased from 47.1% to 44.8% and from
2.2% to 1.8%.”
Curley suggests “529 product providers should note that
employers offer the benefits of a 529, tuition reimbursement and student loan
repayment together, as opposed to one higher education benefit over another.”
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