We know that everyone can benefit from postsecondary education. 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.

Ascendium has helped millions of students pursue postsecondary education 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 the largest student loan guarantor in the country, 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 postsecondary education.

We've Committed
$360 million
Since 2006

Ascendium is in the business of making
the American dream a reality.

Ascendium Cares volunteering Ascendium Cares

Our employees make a personal difference in the lives of underserved students through our employee giving program, donating their time, goods and money to our adopted nonprofit organizations.