About Us

We’re an industry-leading nonprofit dedicated to helping students nationwide realize their higher education dreams in a financially responsible way.

About Us

We’re an industry-leading nonprofit dedicated to helping students nationwide realize their higher education dreams in a financially responsible way.

Our Mission

American Student Assistance® (ASA) is dedicated to eliminating finance as a barrier to education and the dreams education enables.

That means putting our 60+ years of experience, industry-leading expertise, and consumer financial education program, Salt®, to work demystifying the financial aid process, advocating on behalf of students and borrowers everywhere, and continually working to help every student that wants an education get one in a financially responsible way.

How We Do It

Today, we deliver on that mission by providing expertise, products, and services to students and alumni, colleges and universities, and policymakers and advocates.

Salt Logo

Our consumer-facing online program provides students with educational articles, tools, and lessons that develop measurably better financial and career skills.

Visit Salt

In-person centers guide high school and nontraditional students and parents through the college application and financial aid process, ensuring they make the best decisions every step of the way.

Learn More

We put our deep higher education experience to use advocating for students and their families, and guiding legislation and the national conversation on student debt.

Learn More

Our History

We’ve spent over 60 years—first as a student loan guarantor, and presently as a national nonprofit and advocate—developing deep, industry-leading expertise. Our shared experience has helped us identify the critical decision points in a borrower’s life, so we can take action, provide guidance, and help them stay on track to achieving their goals.

1965

American Student Assistance® (ASA)—known as the Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation (MHEAC)—becomes a guarantor in the federal student loan program.

1980s

ASA® develops deeper relationships with the higher education community, and begins to offer educational programs around early awareness and debt management for college students.

1990s-2000s

ASA® continues its role as a federal student loan guarantor, proactively reaching out to borrowers at risk of delinquency and default, and helping avert over $120 million of loan defaults.

2010s

ASA® creates Salt®—a free educational program that provides neutral advice, practical information, and interactive lessons to help every student who wants a college degree to get it in a financially responsible way.

Careers

ASA is an equal-opportunity employer named as one of The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” 8 years straight. See why, and explore our openings below.

Learn More

Browse Our Job Openings

Careers

ASA is an equal-opportunity employer named as one of The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” 8 years straight. See why, and explore our openings below.

Learn More

Browse Our Job Openings

Leadership

Meet the board members actively engaged in the oversight and strategic guidance of our organization, as well as the senior staff with 200+ years of combined experience in the college financing industry.

View The Leadership Team

Media

Press Release

American Student Assistance Urges Massachusetts Students And Families To Apply For Financial Aid To Help Pay For College

October 03rd, 2017
Read Press Release
View All

Media Coverage

Why Few Borrowers Have Pursued PSLF

August 30th, 2017
Read Media Coverage
View All

Vision Blog

How Do We Fix The U.S. Student Debt Problem?

Oct 10th, 2017
Read More
View All

Online Seminar

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: What All Student Loan Borrowers Need To Know

November 08 th , 2017
Register Now