- About EFC
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.
EFC Members carry out their missions by providing a wide array of college access, student success, and financial literacy services and resources; operating as nonprofit loan servicers; and offering consumer-friendly loan options.
Postsecondary Access & Success
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.
Low-Cost Nonprofit Loans
EFC Members — while considered part of the private loan market — are distinct from traditional commercial financial institutions that make and service education loans.
A number of EFC Members offer low-cost loans as part of a comprehensive package of services to assist middle-income families with paying for college. These suites of state-based services are highlighted on EFC’s “For You, Not for Profit” website. These state-based and nonprofit programs offer low interest rates, low or no origination fees, and lower monthly payments and lower total debt than many other education loan options, including the Federal PLUS loan.
Additionally, many EFC Members offer refinancing programs that help borrowers to better manage their student loan debt.
Nonprofit Loan Servicing
Several EFC Members contract with the federal government to service Federal Direct Loans. Some Members also still service older FFELP loans. EFC Members provide exemplary service to borrowers and the Education Department.
As nonprofit organizations, EFC members' interests are inherently aligned with borrowers.
The EFC team is a group of talented and dedicated professionals whose collective experience and expertise ranges across the key institutions and fields pertinent to advocacy of higher education access, affordability, and success. Their knowledge and expertise is available for individual member assistance and technical and programmatic assistance. EFC staff is often available to present at meetings of EFC Members, including EFC Member Board Meetings.
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Director of External Affairs & Communications
EFC is governed by its Board of Directors, which is comprised of the following dedicated individuals:
Mr. Thomas Graf
Ms. Tricia Dubroc
Ms. Caylee Noggle
Ms. Diana Barber
Ms. Patricia Beard
Mr. Scott Giles
Mr. Dave Schwanke
Mr. Noel Simpson
Mr. Phillip Wambsganss
EFC's committees serve as platforms for our members to collaborate and work toward common goals. Committee members develop and execute strategies addressing the priorities of the EFC membership and promoting the association's mission.
Board of Directors
College Success Committee
Government Affairs Committee
Affiliate Member Group
Alternative Education Loan Working Group