Advocating for Students and Schools.


This website serves as a space to learn more about the Higher Education Loan Coalition (HELC). The Coalition is comprised of schools dedicated to the continuous improvement and strengthening of the Direct Loan program. Its members are financial aid professionals working at participating institutions.

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Photo of HELC members with representative Bobby Scott of Virginia in 2022.

Photo of HELC members at the East Wing 2022.

Protecting Borrowers & Advancing Equity

A paper published by NASFAA from a coalition of organizations including HELC on recommendations for long term, systemic fixes. Click the image above to read the paper in it’s entirety.

Click above to check out the infographic created by HELC as a primer on student loans.

Chuck Knepfle, chair-elect of the HELC, participates in a student loan policy discussion hosted by TICAS.

Panelists include:
  • Chuck Knepfle – Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Portland State Univerisity & Chair Elect, Higher Education Loan Coalition
  • Matthew Chingos – Director, Education Policy Program, Urban Institute
  • Diane Cheng – Associate Research Director, TICAS
  • Colleen Campbell – Associate Director, Postsecondary Education, Center For American Progress
  • James Kvaal – President, TICAS

Ted Mitchell, President of the American Council on Education and former Under Secretary of Education during the Obama administration, joined the HELC Board at the Loan Policy Forum hosted by HELC in February, 2018.

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