Who We Are
Education is transformative. Ascendium has committed hundreds of millions of grant dollars to help postsecondary learners nationwide earn degrees and credentials that can substantially strengthen their opportunities for greater social mobility.
Since 1967, we’ve helped people tap into the power of postsecondary education
Formed to help fulfill the promise of the landmark Higher Education Act of 1965, Ascendium Education Group has helped millions of learners pursue postsecondary education. Over the years, we have grown to become not only the nation’s largest federal student loan guarantor, but also one of its most active and respected postsecondary education philanthropies.
Our philanthropy is grounded in the belief that every individual has the potential to contribute meaningfully to their community and society. We award three types of grants that spur systemic change in four key focus areas. Learn more about the research organizations, forward-thinking education providers and collaborative efforts that our grants support because they share our commitment to equity and excellence in postsecondary education and workforce training.
We make authentic connections as well as grants. Armed with years of collective funding, higher education and workforce training experience, our team’s practical guidance and collaborative problem-solving skills help partners catalyze systemic and institutional change.
Ascendium values, and is working to enhance, our relationship-building skills, transparent practices, and responsiveness and approachability. Learn more about our commitment to continual improvement.