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Helping people answer the call of success

We’re a nonprofit organization. We’re a loan guarantor. An education philanthropy. We provide tools and services that drive postsecondary educational and career success.


A company culture worth sharing

In 2021, Ascendium Education Group was named a Top Workplace, a designation that ranks the company among the best places to work in the entire nation and in the Madison, Wisconsin area. We’re proud of this designation as it speaks to the culture that’s been created at Ascendium  one where employees feel connected to our organization and strongly believe in our mission to help people achieve their educational and career goals. 

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We champion opportunity

Everything we do, from our products and services to our philanthropy, is in service of our mission to ensure the success of learners. It’s true of our student loan counseling services, the tools we provide colleges and students to help them thrive, and it’s true of our education philanthropy.

We’re here to help everyone realize their potential. Because everyone should have the opportunity to rise.

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Our dedication to helping students succeed endures

Throughout our more than 50-year history, this truth remains constant: We believe in the power of higher education to elevate opportunity.

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A new era begins

In 1967, we began our story when we were formed to help fulfill the promise of the landmark Higher Education Act of 1965. Over the years, our focus widened far beyond being a student loan guarantor. As Ascendium Education Group, we support the promise of postsecondary education for everyone through educational grantmaking and a suite of student support products.

Advisor, confidante, counselor, philanthropy, guarantor. We wear many hats.

What We Do

Learn about the divisions of Ascendium, from help for defaulted student loans to education philanthropy and tools for students, colleges and financial aid professionals.