Loan repayment helps employers compete

ADDED BENEFIT: Jacques Afonso, manager of community and customer management with National Grid Rhode Island, speaks with Jennifer Bray, senior program manager for corporate communications. Afonso has taken advantage of National Grid’s partial student-loan repayment benefit to help pay back $60,000 in loans after graduating from Suffolk University in 2009.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
ADDED BENEFIT: Jacques Afonso, manager of community and customer management with National Grid Rhode Island, speaks with Jennifer Bray, senior program manager for corporate communications. Afonso has taken advantage of National Grid’s partial student-loan repayment benefit to help pay back $60,000 in loans after graduating from Suffolk University in 2009.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Jacques Afonso, a manager of community and customer management for National Grid Rhode Island, had worked for the utility for almost a decade when it launched a benefit that provided him with welcome relief: partial student-loan repayment. The company about two years ago made student-loan assistance an option for its managerial employees. Although unusual, that…

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