WHAT WE DO:
The Education Finance Council (EFC) is an association of not-for-profit, state-based student loan providers that is dedicated to the single purpose of making college more affordable. Not-for-profit student loan providers expand access to higher education by ensuring the availability of low-cost student loans.
WHAT WE OFFER:
EFC members realize that programs that lower the direct cost of college are only part of the solution. Students and families also need information, guidance, and encouragement to access and persist through postsecondary education. To fulfill this need, EFC members deliver extensive college outreach programs that bring professional counselors, materials and support to area schools, community centers and the workplace. Because financial health is integral to a student's success, EFC members work hard to make financial education a cornerstone of their college outreach programs.
WHAT WE NEED:
As state-based organizations, EFC members are uniquely positioned to understand the distinct challenges that students and families face in their respective communities. EFC members provide services and programs directly, but also indirectly through innovative collaboration with educational institutions and community and civic organizations. EFC members welcome new ideas from organizations about potential areas for collaboration and suggestions concerning ways to better serve students, families, schools and communities.
In March 2008, EFC launched its "Educated Financial Choices Start with You" website (www.efc.org/finlit) as part of a long-term campaign by EFC members to further promote financial literacy education. The site is designed to provide timely and concise information and user friendly tools to help students and families make informed decisions in managing their finances before, during and after college. Visitors to the "Educated Financial Choices Start with You" website will find key resources, such as information on saving for college, the student financial aid process, budgeting, responsible credit use and much more.
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