WHAT WE DO:
The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae, achieves its mission—to increase college access for America's students—by supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education. Studies show that those who need information about financial aid the most—low-income and minority families—often have the least access to it. The Sallie Mae Fund offers a variety of free, educational resources, in English and Spanish on saving, planning, and paying for college to educators and college-access organizations. Since 2001, The Fund has contributed more than $123 million to address key barriers to college access and support the community.
WHAT WE OFFER:
The Sallie Mae Fund workshop – Saving, Planning, and Paying for College
The Fund’s free Saving, Planning and Paying for College workshop series helps families navigate the process of preparing for and funding higher education. The workshops are very beneficial, especially for students with limited access to information about financial aid, which is a critical part of preparing for college. In addition, The Sallie Mae Fund awards a $500 scholarship to a high school senior at each event. Since 2001, The Fund has presented more than 1,600 workshops to over 234,000 students and parents.
Experts agree that middle school is a critical time for instilling in students a passion for college. Kids2College is a unique program that uses the prism of career aspirations to expose low-income and minority sixth-grade students to the value and accessibility of a higher education. It is the only free, national program that engages local colleges for a memorable introduction to college. Kids2College has been building excitement about college in young students since 1992 and has served more than 70,000 students during this time.
WHAT WE NEED:
The Sallie Mae Fund has made a strong commitment to providing resources to the community. We are looking to build awareness of our initiatives and expand the reach and distribution of our programs.
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy