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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2020-2021 National Report

We are so excited to share Helping Families Plan and Pay for College, Education Finance Council's first national report.

This report describes the range of services and resource provided by the EFC membership, including College Savings and Scholarships, Education-to-Employment Pathways, College Outreach and Success, Nonprofit and State-based Loan Programs, and Support for Borrowers in Repayment.


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The nonprofit difference: Your success is our mission.


Nonprofit and state-based nonprofit organizations were founded to help students and families in their states to make college a reality. They’re experts you can trust.

They drive back and forth across your state to spend nights and weekends with millions of families, filing FAFSAs and helping you make a budget. They're members of your community who work everyday to help families like yours every step of the way β€” from starting a college savings account when you're born to offering free, in-person counseling on picking your best-fit college.

Whether you need free, expert help on navigating the college process, low-cost, consumer-friendly loan options, or help repaying your student loans, we’re here to help!

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College Success Quarterly

Stay up to date with the latest innovative college access and success initiatives offered by EFC's state-based, nonprofit members. This quarterly newsletter shares ideas and strategies related to program development, as well as best practices for local, regional, and national outreach and advocacy to boost college access and success.

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