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name tag saying student loan For any U.S.-based employee who puts at least 2 percent of their salary toward student loan payments, the health care company will contribute the equivalent of 5 percent of their salary into their 401(k) plan. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) –Rariety Monford is being aggressive about her $60,000 in student debt. An engineer at Abbott Laboratories, she puts 14 percent of her salary toward loan payments each month, far more than the required minimum.

“It is my number one priority,” said Monford, 26, who graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in December 2016. She plans to go to graduate school, even if it means more debt — and short-changing her retirement account — to pay for it.

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