Nellie Mae

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DEFINITION of 'Nellie Mae'

A non-profit organization that provides education loans in the United States. Nellie Mae was founded in Massachusetts and is the largest non-profit provider of student loans in the United States, helping student across the country pay for their education. It has been a wholly owned subsidiary of SLM Corporation, known as Sallie Mae, since 1999.


Nellie Mae stands for New England Education Loan Marketing Corporation.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Nellie Mae'

Nellie Mae was created in order to purchase student loans, securitizing them to be sold off to investors. Student loans were guaranteed by the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), with further financial backing by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

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