We're Great Lakes, a group of companies dedicated to doing what's right to help students access and complete higher education.
Our focus on working with students to help them succeed drives everything we do, in all aspects of our organization. Since 1967, our mission hasn't changed, but the way we deliver on it has.
Today, the U.S. Department of Education, lenders, colleges and universities, and community agencies value our experience in educational financing and choose to partner with us for our reliability, efficiency, innovation, and commitment to doing the right thing.
In doing right by students and for our partners, we enjoy great success. What makes us unique: proceeds from our operations as a privately-held company go to advancing our longstanding philanthropic mission of getting more students into and through college.
We believe that everyone can benefit from higher education. Yet, we also know it's the students who are least likely to continue their education who have the most to gain.
Our philanthropy is targeted at getting more students into and through college—and specifically more students of color, students from low-income households, and those who are the first in their families to attend. All our grants focus on college preparation and success, because students who are well-equipped to face the academic, financial, and personal challenges of colleges are the most likely to graduate.
To learn more about our philanthropy, visit our Community Investments portal.
Our Partnerships to Help Students Succeed
Students and their families borrow money for college because it is an important investment in their future. While we don't make student loans, we work with all those involved in college funding—with the ultimate goal of helping students borrow responsibly, complete their education, and find repayment solutions that work for them. This is how we help protect their investment.
We provide reliable, effective tools and resources that simplify student loans and save time for students, financial aid professionals at colleges and universities across the country, the U.S. Department of Education, lenders, and others working with college funding.
Learn more about how Great Lakes partners with each of these groups.