Sallie Mae - Student Loan Marketing Association


DEFINITION of 'Sallie Mae - Student Loan Marketing Association'

A publicly traded company that is the largest provider of educational loans in the U.S. Along with providing student loans, Sallie Mae purchases student loans from the original lenders and provides financing to state student-loan agencies.

BREAKING DOWN 'Sallie Mae - Student Loan Marketing Association'

Sallie Mae was originally formed in 1972 as a government enterprise but as of 2004 is a completely independent publicly traded company. Sallie Mae is traded on the NYSE with the ticker symbol SLM.

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  1. Who is eligible for student loan forgiveness?

    Your eligibility for student loan forgiveness depends on the type of student loan in question. If you have a federal loan, ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What’s the difference between the two federal student loan programs (FFEL and Direct)?

    The short answer is that one loan program still exists (Federal Direct Loans) and one was ended by the Health Care and Education ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Can Sallie Mae loans be forgiven?

    Sallie Mae loans, similar to other private loans, cannot be forgiven. As of 2015, there is no option for private student ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Can Sallie Mae loans be consolidated?

    Sallie Mae loans can be consolidated with other federal loans, but not with private loans. For federal loan consolidation, ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How does Sallie Mae disburse funds?

    Sallie Mae is the number one provider of financial aid and student loans in the United States, servicing over 25 million ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Do Sallie Mae loans go directly to your school?

    Sallie Mae is the biggest provider of financial aid and student loans in the United States. The company operates as a private ... Read Full Answer >>

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