The South Dakota Education Access Foundation Helps Students Achieve College Dreams
Clark Wold, EAC/EASCI - (605) 622-4385
Thousands of students in South Dakota are receiving the help they need to prepare and pay for college, thanks to support from the South Dakota Education Access Foundation (SDEAF).
SDEAF has provided a generous grant that is allowing Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation to offer college access advising services to all South Dakota high schools, free of charge. These services will include in-school presentations, online webinars, and supporting materials, all designed to give high school students and their families the information and tools to plan and prepare for college. Services will also be provided to assist high school counselors in helping South Dakota students gain access to higher education.
SDEAF is also in its third year of providing grant dollars to colleges, who in turn identify and provide scholarships to deserving students with the most financial need. By the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, over 7,130 students will have received an average of $735 each to help them to achieve their college and career goals.
Additionally, for the second year, SDEAF is contributing a significant portion of funding to help continue to give students, families, and schools free access to SDMyLife.com. This resource-rich website provides assistance to students at they prepare for college, the ACT, financial aid and scholarships, and careers.
Through these efforts, SDEAF hopes that every student in South Dakota who dreams of a college education will have access to the resources and tools to help make that possible.
SDEAF was formed in February 2009, through a donation from Great Lakes as a result of the affiliation with Education Assistance Corporation.
The mission of South Dakota Education Access Foundation (SDEAF) is to expand access to postsecondary education. SDEAF seeks to serve South Dakota students and South Dakota postsecondary institutions by promoting improvement in the rates of entry and success in education beyond high school. SDEAF will accomplish this mission by focusing on, though not limiting itself to students of low income, students facing other barriers to postsecondary education, and students from other underrepresented backgrounds.
EAC, a private nonprofit corporation located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, is dedicated to providing financial access to post-secondary education through a service-oriented approach to students, parents, schools, and lenders. EAC is a guarantor in the FFEL Program, provides financial aid information, and offers student loan servicing through its subsidiary, EASCI.
About Great Lakes
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates works with schools, lenders, and community organizations to change lives for the better through higher education. Great Lakes supports these partners with financial, educational, and operational resources that help students and families pay for college and build bright futures. As a leading guarantor, originator, and servicer of student loans for over forty years, Great Lakes serves more than 2,700 schools and 1,400 lenders across the nation. One of the nation's largest integrated providers of student loan services, Great Lakes services student loans for more than two million borrowers and holds guarantees on more than $47 billion in FFELP loans. Great Lakes serves as the designated guarantor for Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands under the Higher Education Act. Great Lakes is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, with operating centers in Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. For additional information, visit mygreatlakes.org.