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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RISLA provides free assistance to students and families throughout all stages of the college process. Starting with early awareness seminars, RISLA College Planning Center counselors educate middle school students about the benefits of going to college and exploring career options.


Throughout high school, counselors offer advice on college selection, college visits, financial aid planning, and financial literacy in group forums and through one-on-one appointments. During senior year, counselors walk families through the college application and financial aid processes, answering questions along the way, and offer a free tool ( to help connect students with scholarship opportunities. RISLA’s outreach programs don’t stop when a student enters college.

Rhode Islanders continue to be eligible to receive free assistance with annual financial aid renewals and any college and career planning questions at two RISLA College Planning Center locations. Students also have access to, RISLA’s online internship matching service, which helps connect students with employers in Rhode Island. After college graduation, students can continue to get personal support with graduate school planning and student loan repayment. All of RISLA’s outreach programs are offered free of charge.


Nonprofit & State-Based outreach programs

Over the past year, EFC Members directly worked with over 2.5 million families to help them successfully plan, save, and pay for college.


Check out EFC’s 2019 Data Report Book for in-depth info on these outreach programs.

EFC Members offer and partner with organizations in their state that offer assistance and individual counseling on every facet of the higher
education financing process.

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9/12/2019 » 9/13/2019
2019 EFC Education Finance Conference