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NCHER is the nation’s oldest and largest trade association in the higher education finance industry. As a member of NCHER, you will stay informed, educated, and involved and join with others inspeaking in one strong voice on behalf of your organization and the industry.

Strong and Robust Advocacy at the Federal Level
NCHER is your voice at the national level. Working in partnership with you, we advocate with the legislative and executive branches on issues important to student lending and federal financial aid – issues such as providing financial education and literacy programs; simplifying and streamlining the myriad of repayment plans, reducing overly burdensome federal regulations; increasing Congressional oversight over the U.S. Department of Education’s management of student loan servicing; allowing defaulted borrowers to rehabilitate their loans more than once to assist those struggling to repay their student loans; and promoting tax-exempt financing of private student loans, reducing costs for students and families. We have strong relationships with members and staff of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Treasury, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, and many others, right up to the White House.

Opportunities to Influence Federal Higher Education Policy
You and your organization can influence decisions on the federal level by participating in NCHER’s advocacy efforts. By joining and serving on one of our caucuses or committees that are shaping the direction of the industry via policy development, you have a direct opportunity to influence legislative matters that impact students and their families. You can also take part in our conferences, committee meetings, and fly-ins in the Washington, DC-area, efforts that let elected officials hear directly from you on your advocacy priorities.

Relevant and Timely Information on Higher Education Finance
Each day, NCHER sends its members the Daily Briefing newsletter which covers higher education, generally, and student loan, specifically, news, announcements, and developments, as well as legislative and regulatory updates. This is also the place where member organizations share their announcements and can promote their products. NCHER’s E-Library portion of the website features extensive resources on student loan laws, guidelines, forms, and research as well as detailed information about NCHER committee activities and upcoming conferences.

Conference Discounts and Committee Membership
NCHER members are given priority registration and receive significant discounts for NCHER’s three annual conferences, the Legislative Conference, the Spring Convention, and the Knowledge Symposium. One of the most valuable benefits of an NCHER membership is the ability to serve on one or more of the organization’s committees that work on new operational, regulatory, and technological initiatives. The committees include: College Access and Success, Debt Management and Borrower Support, Private Education Loan and Consumer Finance, and Program Regulations and Policy. By facilitating collaboration within the higher education finance community, NCHER helps its members to better prepare for the challenges associated with providing financial assistance to millions of students every year. Hundreds of individuals have participated on the national level through this committee structure. For a full description of the various NCHER committees and their missions, visit our committee pages.

Access to Highly Experienced Staff
NCHER staff have more than 100 years of combined experience in the student loan / financial aid area. Combine that knowledge with 30 years of Capitol Hill experience and NCHER is a major player in the higher education finance industry. This knowledge empowers not only the organization, but you as a member. You are encouraged to reach out to staff to ask questions or for clarification. Our staff are happy to help you understand the industry and the rules that guide it.

Exclusive Online Resources
As an NCHER member, you have complete and exclusive access to members-only content of the website which includes the E-Library, committee pages, legal proceedings, reports, testimony, presentations, electronic standards, training modules, reference materials, and more.

Monthly Membership Calls
On the third Tuesday of every month, NCHER hosts a detailed conference call with its membership which provides a summary and updates on major items being worked on by NCHER committees, caucuses, and working groups, as well as a Washington Update, details on how to comply with new regulations, and other items of interest that impact the membership.

Networking Opportunities to Build Your Business
By joining NCHER, you have the opportunity to deepen existing business relationships and make new contacts with the industry’s leaders on a regular basis. By attending our annual conferences and committee meetings, you will forge lasting ties with others who have common professional and business interests.

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