We make it easy to offer student loan assistance

What is Peanut Butter?
Year in and year out, companies offer incomplete benefit packages that leave employees feeling underwhelmed, with their needs unmet. We started Peanut Butter so organizations can provide the employment value proposition they need to attract, retain, and engage college-educated talent.


Millions of Americans are struggling with student debt. These debtors are among the most qualified job candidates and the most productive workers in our economy. When companies and communities provide student loan assistance, they stand out as a preferred place to work.

Why "Peanut Butter"?
What was your go-to meal in college? For many, peanut butter was the only thing they could afford to eat. Our company’s name is an homage to student debt holders everywhere. 


Our effort to help every team member become free of student debt starts with recognizing all their hard work and sacrifices in order to qualify for positions. 

Who is Peanut Butter?
Peanut Butter was built from the ground-up to serve employers. Helping organizations efficiently and effectively offer student loan assistance remains our top priority.


We are fortunate to support leading employers in healthcare, financial services, professional services, technology, education, not-for-profit, and several other industries. In addition, we have been entrusted to administer community-based student loan assistance programs to help attract college-educated workers to rural and suburban communities.


Peanut Butter users rate their experience 4.9 out of 5.0 stars for ease of use, quality of support, and ease of setup. Peanut Butter is the #1 rated provider out of 200+ companies tracked in G2’s Other HR benefit category.

Employers often work with Peanut Butter directly, and many learn about us through trusted Human Capital Management providers that recommend us to their clients.

Individually, and as a team, we hold ourselves to these core values.

Customer first, always

Understand, then act

Stronger together

Lead by example

Take thoughtful risks

Do the right thing

Peanut Butter has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Buffalo, New York.


Meet Our Founder

David Aronson
David Aronson founded Peanut Butter in 2015 and has served as the company’s CEO and Chairman since then. David is responsible for the company’s product and go-to-market vision which is informed through his regular and consistent interactions with client organizations that he partners with to design, implement, and administer student loan assistance programs.

Aronson has spoken on student loan assistance at the HR Executives Benefits Leadership Conference, LIMRA’s Worksite Benefits Conference, EBN’s Benefits Forum, Society for Human Resource Management events, and on Capitol Hill. 

David holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BSBA in Finance from Valparaiso University.

Peanut Butter In The Press

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Now’s the time to offer Student Loan Assistance

During the heart of the Covid-19 pandemic, board rooms and executive suites around the country were filled with uncertainty. However, even with troubling times and a holiday on required federal student loan payments, many employers still chose to offer Student Loan...

IRS hosts webinar promoting tax-free Student Loan Assistance

Today, on September 14th of 2023, we attended the IRS-hosted webinar 'Qualified Education Assistance Programs', which focused on education and compliance surrounding tax-free educational assistance benefits. The webinar was called for by U.S. Senators Mark Warner...

Think twice before paying someone to help you (or your employees) apply for loan forgiveness

Loan forgiveness through government programs has, and always will remain a hot topic in the media. Specifically, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). This program is handled by the the department of education and borrowers may only apply at studentaid.gov. Once...

[The Wall Street Journal] Student Loan Borrowers Face Repayment Soon. CFOs Are Watching to See if Spending Takes a Hit.

A recent article from The Wall Street Journal analyzed the resumption of federal student loan payments alongside other spending trends. It highlighted that these payments will likely significantly impact spending nationwide as gas prices and typical grocery bills...

[PYMNTS] Businesses Offering Student Loan Help to Gain Recruitment Edge

In a recent article from PYMNTS, Student Loan Repayment was highlighted as a unique way for employers to attract talent. It was cited that nearly 70% of college graduates believe their student debt will influence career choices. It also highlights the fact that 3x...

[CNN Business] Employers could offer you tax-free help with your student loan payments. Most are not

In a recent post from CNN Business, tax-free student loan assistance was highlighted as a high impact solution for combatting the return of federal student loan payments for borrowers nationwide in October. The article eludes to the fact that only 8% of employers...

[Bloomberg Law] 401(k) Law’s Appeal Fades as Workers Face Student Debt Deadlines

In a recent article from Bloomberg Law, the provisions in the SECURE Act 2.0 that will allow employers to treat student loan repayment like retirement plan deferrals were analyzed. The end result eluded to the fact that today's workforce needs and prefers direct...

Nearly half of student loan borrowers have or will get their loans transferred this year

Since the beginning of 2022, student loan borrowers have consistently dealt with transfers to new loan providers, thanks to constant changes in the industry. According to a recent piece by pymnts.com and Google, these transfers have impacted nearly half of all...

[US Senate] Multiple Senators Urge IRS to Promote Educational Assistance Programs

In a recent post on the senate’s government website, senators Mark Warner (D-VA), and John Thune (R-SD) urged the IRS to promote educational assistance programs like Student Loan Repayment. The piece highlights the 2020 legislation allowing employers to offer the...

Support employees returning to the office with Student Loan Assistance

As we make our way through the back-half of the year, more and more employees are being asked to return to the office. Not surprisingly, there’s been significant pushback from employees that have been asked to move on from their work-at-home environment. A recent...

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