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“College is imperative to my success because it gives me a greater experience and opportunity than something just out of a textbook.”
– Gabriel G., Make College Happen ChallengeSM winner

“Having earned my MD and completed residency, I am now in fellowship in oncology—my dreams realized. Education has been a long journey, and what I have learned along the way continues to inspire me and empowers me to bring the best possible care to my patients.”
– Julia B., Sallie Mae customer

“The degree I received allowed me to give back to both my community and the soldiers that serve.”
– Haley M., Sallie Mae customer

How we can help you

There’s no single way to go about saving, planning, or paying for college or graduate school—so we provide information, products, and tools to help you make the right decisions for your life.

When it comes to saving for college, we recommend starting with a savings account dedicated to saving for your student’s education. Set a goal for how much you’d like to save and make regular contributions. You can also consider tax-advantaged college savings plans, like a 529 plan. Our savings products and college savings information can help you get started.

Thinking about how to pay for college? Start with money you won’t have to pay back like savings, scholarships, or grants. We want to help you find as much free money for college as possible. We have free tools, like Scholarship Search, and offer our own scholarships and sweepstakes to help you get money for college.

We also recommend you apply for financial aid—find out what assistance the government and colleges have to offer—like federal student loans and work-study—by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Only after you’ve explored these options, should you consider a private student loan to cover the rest. We offer private undergraduate student loans and graduate student loans.

We've changed and we're continuing to change


We opened our doors.


We became a private company.


We split into two separate companies to better serve you.


We’re constantly adapting to better help you achieve your dreams.

We started as a government-sponsored enterprise, but in 2004, we became a fully privatized company.

In 2014, Sallie Mae split into two distinct, separate companies. One is SLM Corporation, which is us, today’s Sallie Mae, a private originator of student loans, and one is Navient Corporation, to service government loans.

We’ve always had a great purpose—that hasn’t changed. What’s different is how we fulfill that purpose. Now, more than ever, we’re ready to help you create the life you want for yourself.