Helping families plan & pay for college

Education Finance Council (EFC) is the national trade association representing nonprofit and state-based higher education finance organizations. These entities strive to increase postsecondary access and affordability in their states and nationwide.

In the past year alone, EFC Members provided over 2.5 million families the resources needed to successfully plan, save, and pay for college. These resources include FAFSA completion events and help centers, scholarship programs, college planning centers, financial aid workshops and information sessions, financial literacy workshops, and support services for members of the military, veterans, and at-risk and low-income youth, including homeless and foster youth.

A number of EFC Members are also working collaboratively within their states to implement education-to-employment pathways programs that address specific workforce development needs in their states.

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The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is unique in its scope and role. Created by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 as a public nonprofit agency, VSAC advocates for students and their families to ensure that they have the information, the counseling, and the financial aid to achieve their education goals.


VSAC begins by helping families save for education. VSAC counselors work with students in nearly every Vermont middle school and high school, and again as adults. VSAC's financial aid programs attract national recognition, and VSAC's loan programs and loan forgiveness programs are saving Vermont families thousands of dollars in interest.

VSAC's vision is to create opportunities for all Vermont students, but particularly for those — of any age — who believe that the doors to higher education are closed to them.


2019 Education Finance Conference: Register Today!

The EFC Education Finance Conference (EFC2), formerly the Mid-Year Membership Meeting, will attract a wide array of industry experts and will provide attendees with timely and in-depth information on key issues and new developments impacting higher education financing.


EFC2 will expand and broaden the range of issues covered and provide a deep dive on specific topics including innovations in higher education financing; income-share agreements; employers’ role in education financing and repayment; the state of the capital markets as it relates to various financing programs; and the latest updates on statutory, regulatory, and legislative topics, including Higher Education Act reauthorization.

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2020 EFC Annual Membership Meeting