Lifetime Benefit Solutions introduces student loan repayment benefit 

Lifetime Benefit Solutions Inc. is offering a new student loan repayment benefit product that could help employers with employee attraction and retention efforts.  


The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 allows employers to pay up to $5,250 annually in employee student loan principal and interest on a non-taxable basis through the end of 2025. 

LBS can act as a third-party administrator and help employers develop their student loan policy, track enrollment in the program and pay toward their employees’ student loan debt. 

The business offers a full suite of ancillary benefits and specialty programs, including spending and reimbursement accounts, to enhance and supplement an employer’s traditional benefits.  

The new offering – which went into effect Oct. 17 – will round out LBS’s employee education benefit options that include tuition reimbursement. 

Trish Mooney, LBS president, said the benefit could help employers attract and retain top talent. 

“Student loan debt is a major concern for millions of employees around the country,” she said. “Student loan repayment programs give employers a way to help employees reduce their student loan burden and reach their financial goals.”

For more information about the Student Loan Repayment Benefit program, or other LBS products and services, go to 

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Schumer proposes plan to cancel student loan debt

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has drawn up a plan to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for federal student loan borrowers.

The resolution outlines how the next president should use existing executive authority under the Higher Education Act to substantially cancel student loan debt for students in New York and across the country, and ensure there is no tax liability for federal student loan borrowers resulting from administrative debt collection.

“Millions of young New Yorkers and their families have been crushed by student loan debt, greatly impeding their ability to begin careers and build the financial resources needed to build their futures,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement this week. “For far too long the sunny, American optimism of our young people has been clouded by crippling student debt. Education is supposed to be a ladder up, but studies have shown that student loans hold people back and prevent young college graduates from owning homes or starting small businesses. This holds our entire economy back, which we cannot afford after the financial devastation of COVID.”

Schumer said addressing the student loan crisis will be one of the first legislative actions he will prioritize in the new 117th Congress in January 2021.

“The bottom line is that the cost of college is out of control and paying for it forces millions of students and families to take on crippling debt, which greatly impedes students’ ability to get started and succeed after graduation. It is like starting a long walk with a backpack stuffed with bricks. This plan to cancel student debt on federal loans will substantially lighten that load and give recent graduates a huge boost that will launch them into a much brighter future – that will energize the economy and substantially expand our dwindling middle class.”

Schumer said the plan will provide complete forgiveness of student loans for more than 75 percent of borrowers across the country and at least some debt forgiveness for 95 percent of people with student loan debt. This is especially good news for the nearly 2.4 million New Yorkers with outstanding student loans and a cumulative debt of $89.5 billion as of March 2020, according to

Congress already has granted the secretary of education the legal authority to broadly cancel student debt under section 432(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which grants the secretary the authority to modify, “… compromise, waive, or release any right, title, claim, lien, or demand, however, acquired, including any equity or any right of redemption.” The Department of Education has reportedly used this authority to implement modest relief for federal student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resolution aims to:

• Recognize the secretary of education’s broad administrative authority to cancel federal student loan debt under the existing authorities of section 432(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1082(a));
• Call on the president to take executive action to administratively cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt for federal student loan borrowers using existing legal authorities under such section 432(a), and any other authorities available under the law;
• Encourage the president, in taking such executive action, to use the executive’s authority under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure no tax liability for federal student loan borrowers resulting from administrative debt cancellation;
• Encourage the president, in taking such executive action, to ensure that administrative debt cancellation helps close racial wealth gaps and avoids the bulk of federal student debt cancellation benefits accruing to the wealthiest borrowers; and
• Encourage the president to continue to pause student loan payments and interest accumulation for federal student loan borrowers for the entire duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schumer introduced the resolution jointly with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The legislation follows their March effort to cancel student loan payments for the duration of the COVID pandemic and provide a minimum $10,000 payoff for all federal student loan borrowers.

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