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Doing What's Right

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates

We're Great Lakes, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping make college a reality. We also make successful student loan repayment possible, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and private lenders.

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 groups involved in the student loan process to protect these investments. Our goal: to help students borrow responsibly, complete their education, and find repayment solutions that work for them.

We believe all students deserve a chance at higher education. Our community investments help students who are least likely to consider college to continue their education beyond high school, succeed on campus, and graduate ready to reach their full potential.

Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, with operating centers around the country, our employees share our mission: doing what's right to change lives for the better.

News Releases

200 Wisconsin Construction and Industrial Trade Apprentices Receive $1,000 Scholarships
02/11/2016


Great Lakes Funds New Emergency Grants Shown to Boost Community and Technical College Completion
12/10/2015


University of Pittsburgh Streamlines Private Student Loan Processing, Improves Student Service
11/19/2015


Great Lakes' Free Tool Adds Early Engagement Outreach Campaigns for Schools
10/27/2015


Great Lakes' Commitment to Producing More Undergraduate STEM Degrees Now Reaches $10.7 Million
10/22/2015


Great Lakes Launches Updated Education Philanthropy Website
10/15/2015


Great Lakes Commits Record $12 Million to Fund 7,000 New Paid Internships for College Students with Financial Need
10/08/2015


Great Lakes CEO Accepts White House Invitation to Join the College Promise Campaign Advisory Board
10/01/2015


200 Wisconsin Apprentices Will Earn $1,000 Scholarships to Purchase Tools for Their Trades
09/17/2015


400 MPS Grads Eligible for $5 Million in College Scholarships from The Degree Project®
08/13/2015


Great Lakes Introduces Newly Expanded Program to Increase Community College Graduation
07/09/2015


Great Lakes Shares Results of Applicant and Grantee Perception Survey
05/19/2015


100 Schools Using Great Lakes' Free Outreach Tool to Help Students by Connecting Them with Their Servicer
05/18/2015


Great Lakes Commits $28.6 Million During 2014 to Promote College Access and Completion
05/14/2015


Great Lakes Expands Grants for Colleges Committed to Making Internships More Equitable
04/30/2015


Great Lakes Commits $4.2 Million to Prepare More Students for College Math & English
04/23/2015


Great Lakes' Free Tool Helps Schools Improve Repayment Success for All Their Student Loan Borrowers
02/20/2015


Great Lakes Announces $2,500 STEM Scholarships
02/12/2015