Earnest strengthens its commitment to private student loans

October 9, 2020

Earnest announced today that it had named Tim Young as the new Campus Partnerships Director to lead relationship development with colleges and financial aid officers across the U.S. 

Young is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience directing new product development and management within the education finance and financial services industries. 

“We are delighted to welcome Tim to the Earnest team,” said Susan Ehrlich, Earnest CEO. “He brings a depth of experience and a passion for improving education financing for students and their families.”

“Earnest is a company that brings a truly fresh perspective to student loans. It is a blend of FinTech coupled with years of expertise in traditional finance,” said Young.  

Being a first-generation college student himself, Young is passionate about providing higher education to those with limited opportunities. Prior to joining, he has supported the Earnest mission for over two years as the Director of Product Management at Navient. During his time with Navient (the parent company of Earnest), he led a Product Development team that has built certification and disbursement processes that interact with schools for student loans.  

 “What attracted me to Earnest was that while other players are getting out, Earnest is reaffirming its commitment to private student loans,” said Young. “I feel very optimistic that families are still going to see the advantage and importance of a college education. How it’s delivered might change, but the fact that it’s valuable hasn’t.” 

When he is not developing ways to help college students, Young is a proud father of three and a part-time dad to shelter dogs. He enjoys fostering large breeds before they find their forever homes. 

About Earnest

Earnest is a technology company using technology, data, and design and exceptional service to build more affordable financial products, deliver them to more people, and engage through more human experiences. Founded in 2013 on the belief that financially responsible people deserve better options and access to credit, Earnest’s lending products are built for a new generation seeking to reach life’s milestones. The company’s mission is to empower people with the financial capital they need to live better lives. Earnest is a subsidiary of Navient. Learn more at earnest.com.