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Burger King wants to help debt-laden grads pay off their student loans

Aarthi Swaminathan
Finance Writer

Burger King (QSR) wants to help college grads pay down their student loans.

“65% of college graduates enter the world with student debt,” a Burger King spokesperson said. “BK App users can enter to win a chance at total student loan payoff.”

The initiative, titled “Whopper Loans” begins May 23 and ends on June 6, and at the end of it, Burger King will give away up to $250,000.

Borrowers owe more than $1.5 trillion of outstanding student debt, the highest ever in history.

With 11.5% in serious delinquency, the average borrower is struggling with thousands of dollars in student debt.

"This is a nice gesture, and the students who benefit from it are very lucky,” Climb Credit CEO Angela Ceresnie told Yahoo Finance. “Millions of other students continue to take on heavy debt loads, and we need to shift the focus toward fixing the systematic problems that created this debt in the first place. If we don't change something, we'll be perpetually stuck playing catch up like we are now.”

‘what’s ur $cashtag?’

The fast food chain had posted a cryptic tweet on Wednesday asking Twitter users:

This prompted an outpouring of Twitter users responding with their cashtag, which is their username for Square Cash.

Burger King’s website also links to student loan refinancing platform Earnest, which looks like the platform that the chain is using to help graduates repay their student loans.

Earnest is also offering a $200 bonus for Burger King customers on its website.

Aarthi is a writer for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @aarthiswami.

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