About Us


Chuck Knepfle
Clemson University
Rachelle Feldman
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jean McDonald Rash
Rutgers University
Past Chair
Julie Wickstrom
Boston University

Mary Booker
University of
San Francisco
Diane Corbett
Cornell University
Elijah Herr
Community College
Angela Johnson
Community College

Roberta Johnson
Iowa State
Melissa J. Kunes Pennsylvania
State University
S. Kay Lewis
University of Washington
Michael Miller
University of California
Santa Barbara

Matthew Moore
Community College

Not Pictured
Suzanne Day
Harvard University

The Higher Education Loan Coalition (the Coalition) was founded on May 12, 2000.

The Coalition is an alliance of schools dedicated to the continuous improvement and strengthening of the federal Direct Loan program. Coalition members are practicing financial aid professionals. The Coalition’s goals are to:

  • Advocate high standards in the delivery of student loans by all participants in the process;
  • Facilitate efficient delivery of loans by providing a liaison to the US Department of Education on behalf of schools;
  • Provide an effective communication network among participating schools to improve program administration;
  • Educate public officials, the financial aid community, professional associations, the media and the general public on student lending; and,
  • Promote policies to minimize the use of student borrowing and improve loan terms for those who borrow

The Coalition continues to play a key role with Federal Student Aid in seeking enhancements and improvements to the federal loan delivery model. Our well established communication networks are invaluable in this process.

Looking longer term, the Coalition will continue to advocate for effective student aid and student loan policy to support all students who must borrow to achieve higher education goals. We will continue to educate Congress and the Department of Education on student lending issues and serve as the voice of financial aid administrators in policy and operational discussions.

All post secondary schools are invited to join the Coalition in these activities. Sign up for the listserv and take advantage of the information exchanged with your colleagues. Become a dues paying member to support the Coalition as we work to improve the federal aid delivery process and student aid policy!