KIPP Houston believes in a simple commitment: teaching their students to work hard and be nice.
For the last 20 years, KIPP has become a national leader in the movement to provide all children with access to an excellent education, now having over 200 schools and educating nearly 90,000 children.
With this commitment in mind, it makes sense why KIPP Houston would want to offer Student Loan Genius as a benefit to help their graduates reduce their student loan debt and get the financial help they need.
Some of their graduates have over $50,000 in student loan debt; some have over $70,000. Reflecting on this issue, Jesse Hendrix, Director of College Persistence at KIPP Houston, states, “Student loan debt here in America is a very, very incredibly intense challenge. Some of the work that we’re doing here is working with folks like Student Loan Genius to figure out how we can position students in the best way to optimize their debt.”
“It’s a very, very complex landscape to navigate, and going in alone, we understand that that’s not always the best way to do this. If we can leverage any expertise, as in Student Loan Genius, that’s what we’re here to do. Getting in front of our KIPP alumni and giving them access to these resources, I think will be incredible in the fight for helping our alumni get to the point of financial freedom so that they can live the life they want.”
You can watch the full case study video on the impact KIPP Houston is having by offering Student Loan Genius to help their alumni manage and reduce their student loan debt below.
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We know, first hand, what it’s like when your student loan payment means you have to turn down the dream job, move back in with our parents, or delay something basic a working person should be able to afford to do.
Whether your student loans stand in the way of your goal of living on your own or saving for some other important life event, we (literally) feel you.
Your reality, is our reality; and, it’s your stories that fuel us.
Share your Student Loan Story with our team to help us grow our data on the real affect student loans are having today and check out our Request the Benefit tool to get help.
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Your story is our story. We know the real effect of student loans.
When you say “student loans,” most people sigh; and if you watch really closely you can see their eyes lose a little light. Why? Most of us don’t like to think about them.
We know our student loans exist. Most of us pay them. Some of us don’t. Our reality was, and for some still is, that we have no idea when the pain will end. We’ve accepted it as the price that must be paid to get to our “someday.”
For those of us who weren’t fortunate to graduate debt free, student loans are price we paid, not for graduation, but for the life we hope to have.
“I have student loans, but some day I will make enough to get the car I want.”
“I have student loans, but some day I’ll be able to afford the house I want.”
“I have student loans, but some day I’ll take that vacation I’ve been dreaming of.”
“I have student loans, but some day want to start a family.”
This necessary evil seems to run our lives in the short term and the hope is that our expensive education one day pays off big, and, until then we spend our lives trying to minimize the effects.
If you’re like me, and many others, you’ve made a science of avoiding student loan repayment. Some commit to being a lifetime student. Some defer, forbear, or just stop paying altogether. Some luck up and find employers, localities, or forgiveness programs that have saved the day. The fact, however, is that most of us can’t even think of what life will be like when the invisible car note or house payment we call education loans disappears.
But, what if our loans weren’t a fact. What if you could finally get the things that are important to you? What if the new car were suddenly in reach? What if you had the money to start a family? What if you could afford to take your dream job, in your dream city?
These what ifs may seem far fetched, but we think they aren’t really that far away. You just need a little help. Your what-ifs and some days are the reason we, at Student Loan Genius, are tackling student loan debt head on.
Month’s ago when I met Tony, Josh, and Emiliano, the co-founders of Student Loan Genius, I had no idea that I’d be penning this first post. What I did know is that these guys were tackling a problem I’d seen cripple, financially, some of the smartest people I know.
I have friends who had to move back in with their parents because they couldn’t afford to live and make their student loan payments. I know few people who couldn’t take jobs in the field they studied, because they couldn’t afford their passion and their rent. Too many times, I’ve heard and read stories of people who ended up living in a car or in terrible credit trouble, because they decided to go to school and that decision keeps coming back to bite them. It bites some so hard that they are stressed, overwhelmed, and living so far from the life they want, they don’t even think financial independence is possible.
That’s why we’re doing this. That’s what’s behind Student Loan Genius. We aren’t a large crew that started out to make millions. We aren’t here because it’s the newest, hottest, or easiest thing (frankly, this is one of the hardest things most of us have ever taken on).
We’re here because we want to solve an “invisible” problem that affects real people, families, and companies.
What’s behind this benefit and this company is the passion to help employers and professionals create real financial freedom and lives they’ve been dreaming about.
That’s why we’re here; because you need us, and honestly, we need us. So, thanks for reading the first of many posts to come, spreading the “Genius” that is helping employers and professionals get to the next stage of business and life.
Chief Storyteller, Student Loan Genius
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