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About Us

We learned from other complicated lending companies and decided to make getting a private student loan for college better.

Many of us on the College Ave team are recovering corporate executives from large companies, which are notorious for making things more difficult than they need to be – for customers, for employees, for everyone. We’re also former students and parents; we know paying for college can be stressful.

We don’t think it needs to be that way. We’ll help you find your best college loan in a way you can understand, and we’ll make it fast & easy.

Student loans are all we do. That’s it.

See what our customers are saying about us with College Ave Reviews.

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Really. We promise. Apply from your smartphone, tablet or laptop in just 3 minutes and find out instantly if you’re approved.

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We want you to know what you’re getting, how it works, and how to save as much as possible, so we’ve created easy tools to show you just that.

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We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all. We give you the most options so you can build the best loan for you, and we’re here for you all the way.

Leadership Team

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Joe Depaulo Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
  • Joined Sallie Mae in 2009, serving as CFO and CMO
  • Co-founded and served as CEO of Credit One Financial Services, a consumer finance co.
  • Previously held several domestic and international executive management positions at MBNA
  • Received his BA from Georgetown University and MBA from Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College
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Tim Staley Co-Founder, Director 
& Chief Operating Officer
  • Former CIO and Sr. SVP, Technology at Sallie Mae
  • Co-founded and served as COO of Credit One Financial Services
  • Previously held several domestic and international senior executive management positions at MBNA
  • Received his BBA in Management Information Systems from Loyola College
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Jennifer Astle Chief Marketing Officer
  • 15+ years of marketing leadership experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies
  • Served as VP, Enterprise Marketing for Client Services at eBay
  • Previously Sr. Director of Digital and Channel Marketing at Sallie Mae
  • Held senior management roles at Barclays and JPMorgan Chase
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Jim Keller Chief Financial Officer
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  • 25+ years of experience in the financial services industry
  • Most recently a Sr. Managing Director in the Structured Products Group at Cantor Fitzgerald
  • Previously Managing Director & Global Co-Head of UBS Investment Bank’s Global Structured Products Group
  • Received his BA from Cornell University and MBA from Columbia Business School
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Mike Rosica Chief Credit Officer
  • 18+ years of risk management experience in financial services industry
  • Served as Executive, Collections and Recovery Strategies for Consumer Loans at Bank of America
  • Held several executive management roles at Bank of America for strategies, analytics and loss forecasting
  • Previously SVP for underwriting strategies at MBNA

College Ave Student Loans products are made available through either Firstrust Bank, member FDIC, or Liberty Bank, N.A., member FDIC. All loans are subject to individual approval and adherence to underwriting guidelines. Program restrictions, other terms, and conditions apply.

Information advertised valid as of 11/17/2016. Variable interest rates may increase after consummation.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE (IN WHOLE OR IN PART) THIS LOAN PROGRAM AND ITS ASSOCIATED SERVICES AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. CHECK WWW.COLLEGEAVESTUDENTLOANS.COM FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.