Attigo Connects Newsletter

2019: The Year of Student Success!

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I’m Beth Erickson. My team and I are part of an organization that has been working to support students to reach successful outcomes for 51 years. An important part of my job is to manage the Attigo® family of student success solutions, that includes:

  • College Cost Meter® - a student debt letter tool
  • Cohort Catalyst® - default prevention, repayment support, and default rehabilitation services
  • GradReady® - a web-based financial wellness curriculum
  • SmartSessions™ - our higher-ed webinars that thousands of financial aid professionals rely on each year

This newsletter is our inaugural issue and I’m excited to share where we’re headed. But first, I want to help you understand where we’ve been and who we are. We’ve had a lot of changes recently, most notably our name change from Great Lakes to Ascendium. Our blog post What is Attigo, Who is Ascendium, and What Happened to Great Lakes? provides all the details.

Graduation CapWhat hasn’t changed is our dedication to student success and the valuable information we have to share. The main way we share is through this newsletter. And although you’re receiving this inaugural issue, you’ll want to make sure you subscribe to Attigo Connects to continue receiving it. With the Great Lakes Bulletin retiring and SmartSessions™ now being part of the Attigo family, you don’t want to miss out. Please take a moment to subscribe so you’ll continue to receive great information that’s important to you.


It’s going to be a terrific year here at Ascendium. We’re creating new and innovative solutions to support those who want to advance student success. My team is passionate about helping students and have dubbed 2019 The Year of Student Success! Join us won’t you?

Beth Erickson

Vice President Repayment Solutions

Read Our Latest Blog Posts

SmartSessions™ Going Strong–Subscribe to Stay Informed

smart sessionsFor over a decade, Great Lakes has been providing SmartSessions™ engaging webinars with one goal: keeping financial aid and higher education professionals informed on important industry, professional, and personal development topics. We’re happy to report that goal remains unchanged! With SmartSessions now being part of the Attigo family, we want to share a few logistics.

Check out our News & Events page to see upcoming SmartSessions, many dedicated to increasing financial wellness, preventing student loan delinquency and default, and improving graduation rates. Here’s a sampling:

For the next few months you’ll notice registration is still going through the Great Lakes website. Once we move the registration to its new home, we’ll be sure to let you know.

SmartSessions has served tens of thousands of higher education professionals – and we’re super excited for what 2019 will bring by way of new sessions and opportunities. Don’t miss out. Subscribe to the Attigo Connects newsletter to receive notice of upcoming sessions.


Meet Up with Attigo–Same Great Sales Support in a New Team

United States mapAttigo representatives look forward to seeing you at Spring conferences across the country. If you’ve worked with us in the past then you’re familiar with our awesome service. We’re not messing with a good thing—our new team has been around for a long time and was chosen for their product knowledge and strong support of school customers. We’re really excited for you to get to know them.

  • 2/6-8: Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • 2/17-20: Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • And many more.

Let Us Know What You Need

Attigo’s best and brightest are here to answer questions and accept feedback to better support the student success community. Please reach out and let us know how we can help you achieve your goals.

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Ascendium Education Solutions, Inc. 2401 International Lane  Madison WI 53704-3192

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