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Ascendium at a Glance

Ascendium, formerly Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, that provides student loan guaranty services and education philanthropy resources while also offering a suite of products for borrowers and college campuses focused on improving student outcomes. 

  • Ascendium is the largest student loan guarantor in the U.S.
  • We provide information, tools and counseling to help 3 million borrowers nationwide succeed in federal student loan repayment.
  • We hold guarantees on $75 billion in Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans.
  • As one of the largest education philanthropies in the country, we have invested $360 million in higher education grants to date.
  • We employ over 250 employees nationwide.

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Amy Kerwin
November 15, 2018
Great Lakes Higher Education Becomes Ascendium Education Group
October 19, 2018
Rebecca C. Villarreal, Ph.D., Joins Great Lakes as Director of Education Grantmaking
October 08, 2018
Cohort Catalyst™ Now Available to Colleges Nationwide

We elevate opportunity

We’re a nonprofit organization. We’re a loan guarantor. An education philanthropy. We provide tools and services that drive college completion and lifelong success.

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