Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates is a nonprofit group focused on helping students nationwide get to and through post-secondary education and successfully repay student loans. A leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. Our education philanthropy aims to improve college access and completion for low-income, first-generation and students of color.

Great Lakes’ Information Systems Development department includes cross-functional teams that continually improve tools and resources to streamline processes for internal and external clients. Teams work with web, mobile and messaging interfaces. Paid interns are recruited from the region’s universities and technical colleges, and mentored by experienced professionals to become innovative software engineers, developers and designers. Employees enjoy generous benefits, tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, and a casual dress code.

Great Lakes was founded in 1967 to meet Wisconsin’s needs of the then-newly created federal Higher Education Act (1965), which provides grants, loans and work study jobs to make college available to all. For over 50 years, we’ve stayed true to our mission of improving lives through higher education. We’re proud to be one of the Madison Region’s largest employers, tapping into the pipeline of a diverse and talented workforce. Our success is thanks to the dedication and support of all our employees, in Madison and across the country.

Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer

Location: Madison, WI

Year Founded: 1967

Employees: 933



Wisconsin State Legislature recognized Great Lakes in 2017 for its 50th anniversary, community impact through philanthropy, and exemplary service to federal student loan borrowers; CEO Richard D. George earned a Lifetime Service Award from Council for Opportunity in Education, and the 2015 Wisconsin Idea Award from University of Wisconsin Colleges.