Great Lakes Education Philanthropy

About our Philanthropy

We know that everyone can benefit from college. We also know traditionally underserved students have the most to gain, yet are least likely to go. These are the students our philanthropy aims to support.

Great Lakes has helped millions of students attend college since 1967, when we were formed to help fulfill the promise of the landmark Higher Education Act of 1965.

Then as now, student loans are a key part of expanding college access and success. Over the years, we've grown and become one of the leading servicers of student loans nationwide, built on the bedrock of doing what's right for students. What makes us unique: All net proceeds from our operations go to advancing our longstanding philanthropic mission of getting more students into and through college.

Committing nearly
$260 million
Since 2006

Great Lakes is in the business of making
the American dream a reality.

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Our employees make a personal difference in the lives of at-risk students at adopted elementary and middle schools near each Great Lakes office through our employee giving program. Hundreds donate their time, goods, and money in drives throughout the year to help students learn, grow, and become college-bound.

Since 1967

We've been dedicated to making college education
a reality for 50 years.

October 19, 2017

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Career Ready Internship Grant Closing Report

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Dash Emergency Grant Closing Report

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