Our roots in education go deep, starting with our founding in 1967.
The federal Higher Education Act, which provides grants, loans and work-study jobs to make college available to all, establishes the Guaranteed Student Loan program.
The Guaranteed Student Loan program is introduced in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin establishes the Higher Educational Aids Board to administer the Guaranteed Student Loan program.
The Higher Educational Aids Board transfers all guaranteed student loan operations to the Wisconsin Higher Education Corporation, which begins operating as an independent, self-administered nonprofit corporation.
The Guaranteed Student Loan program is renamed the Federal Family Education Loan Program in the Higher Education Amendments of 1992.
The U.S. Department of Education appoints Great Lakes as the new guarantor of Puerto Rico.
In response to the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, Great Lakes launches a default rehabilitation program to help borrowers avoid the negative long-term consequences of default.
The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 becomes law. It signifies that all federal Stafford, PLUS, and consolidation loans will be processed through the Federal Direct Loan Program, ending the Federal Family Education Loan Program.
The Iowa College Student Aid Commission loan portfolio is transferred to Great Lakes.
NorthStar Education Services becomes an affiliate of Great Lakes.
Great Lakes becomes the designated guarantor for Arkansas.
Great Lakes begins providing support for the outstanding Federal Family Education Loan Program loans guaranteed by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
The nation’s largest guarantor, United Student Aid Funds, and its subsidiary, Northwest Education Loan Association, join Great Lakes.
Great Lakes launches Attigo, a suite of student success products, and Campus Sonar, a social listening service for colleges.
Nelnet Inc. acquires Great Lakes Educational Loan Services Inc.
Ascendium Education Group is formed. It consists of student loan guaranty services, education philanthropy, Attigo, Campus Sonar and NorthStar.