Financial Aid Professionals

Recent News

Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. has awarded 3,775 scholarships totaling more than $9.4 million to students in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines over the past four years. Learn why.

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This spring, we invited financial aid professionals to participate in our first-ever Great Lakes online school survey. The goal of the initiative was to learn how well our services, systems, tools, people, and communications are meeting your needs and the needs of your students—and where we can improve. Here's what some of your colleagues had to say.

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Part of our commitment to keeping you informed is calling your attention to changes in the industry. In the July 9 Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Education detailed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Title IV issues, including proposed amendments to the Direct Loan program and the introduction of the new REPAYE income-contingent repayment plan.

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Enhancements to our loan servicing form wizard make it easier than ever for borrowers to submit certain forms electronically.

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At Great Lakes, we believe you can never get enough of a good thing. That's why we've improved our SmartSessions Training page to make it even easier to get training on essential financial aid topics to stay a step ahead—at no cost to you.

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Part of our commitment to keeping you informed is calling your attention to changes in the industry. Recently, the U.S. Department of Education requested public comment on its newly-revised deferment and forbearance forms provided via Federal Register notices. Read on to find out more about these documents and how to share your input.

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Let's face it: finances impact choices your students make while they're in school—and those choices can have life-changing impact. See how tools on mygreatlakes.org help guide informed decisions.

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For many community college students, unexpected expenses like car repairs or medical bills can cause serious financial strain. This can lead to dropped classes, or dropping out altogether. Learn how Great Lakes' newly expanded Dash emergency grant program will help keep more low-income students enrolled in community college, despite financial setbacks.

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