Student Funding Group: More Than a Student Loan Originator

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Unlike other lenders, StuFund prides itself in being not just a lender but also a Knowledge Center. Believing that students and families need to have reliable information to make an informed choice, StuFund partners with corporations to offer a variety of resources directly to consumers to help them navigate through the admissions and financial aid processes.

After many years of experience working with students, I am thrilled to be creating programs that meet the needs of the consumers

Recent reform within the student loan industry highlights the need for the public to be more informed and have choice when it comes to selecting student loans. From its inception, the mission of Student Funding Group, LLC (StuFund) has always been to educate consumers about their options, to ensure that all individuals are able to pursue higher education and to have access to adequate funding for that education. StuFund embraces these changes in the industry as they empower the consumer.

Unlike other lenders, StuFund prides itself in being not just a lender but also a Knowledge Center. Believing that students and families need to have reliable information to make an informed choice, StuFund partners with corporations to offer a variety of resources directly to consumers to help them navigate through the admissions and financial aid processes. These resources include seminars and workshops on Financial Aid and College Admissions as well as sessions in debt management and college budgeting. "After many years of experience working with students, I am thrilled to be creating programs that meet the needs of the consumers" said Donna Sotolongo, Psy D, EVP and Head of Corporate Affairs and head of the Knowledge Center. StuFund's online services include robust tools for college planning including work importance and career interest profilers, college search and scholarship search engines. StuFund believes that all people should benefit from this information and provides its website and other collateral materials in Spanish.

In order to achieve its mission to provide information to the public, StuFund seeks partnerships with not only corporations, but also non-profit organizations. StuFund's partnership with the Robert Toigo Foundation has furthered its reach to students who wish to pursue graduate studies in business administration. In addition, StuFund is a sponsor of the Black College Expo tour and participates in several college fairs annually to reach underserved communities at the high school level. By forging such strong partnerships, Sergio Sotolongo, Chairman and CEO of StuFund, is excited about the prospect of developing more resources to educate students and their families. "The partnerships we have made thus far strengthen our mission to give students and their families the resources needed to pursue higher education" said Sotolongo. "We are able to leverage our position to serve the community by building relationships with organizations and companies who share our mission and our goals."

About StuFund:
StuFund is a minority business enterprise in the educational loan space. It is built on the philosophy that each and every student can and should have access to funding for quality higher education. The company's mission is to provide loans, particularly for students who could not afford college without such financing, and to support and guide families through the financial aid process. In addition to offering educational loans for undergraduate and graduate schools and college loan consolidation, StuFund's Knowledge Center provides expert advisement on college admissions and financial aid. It hopes to address the fact that many students do not have sufficient access to college advisement in their schools. Through partnerships with Universities, Corporations, and Non Profit Organizations, StuFund hopes to educate the public about the college application process and financing options. More information is available at http://www.stufund.com

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