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Welcome to Nelnet

Nelnet welcomes borrowers from Great Lakes Educational Loan Services!

Did you know that Great Lakes and Nelnet have been part of the same company since 2018? We share a commitment to exceptional customer service with a goal of helping every borrower successfully manage their student loans. We do this by working with you to find the right repayment plan, or program options for your situation.

While we understand you didn’t request this loan transfer and this kind of change can be challenging, we encourage you to reach out to us with questions or comments about your transfer experience. We are here to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Transfer Timeline

Great Lakes has transferred its entire portfolio of federal student loans to Nelnet and is no longer a student loan servicer. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) authorized this transfer and has posted a notice about it at Your loan was not sold. ED will continue to own your loan; however, Nelnet will manage your loan and assist you on ED’s behalf as your federal student loan servicer. This change will not impact the existing status, terms, conditions, interest rate, or available repayment plans of your federal student loan.

Transfer Information

In 2022 or earlier in 2023, you should have already received a notice from Great Lakes regarding the transfer of your loans. The important information contained in that notice is also located in the Things to Do section, directly below. You should have also received a welcome notice from Nelnet shortly thereafter, letting you know that the transfer was completed, along with important information such as how to contact us, where to go to create an online account, and more.

We’ve put together some commonly asked questions and answers about loan transfers. Important Information on How We Service Your Loans provides more details on the relationship and transition between Great Lakes and Nelnet, how Nelnet groups loans within your account, the time frames Nelnet uses in payment processing, how to upload documentation, and more. We hope this is a useful guide for you to use while learning more about Nelnet.

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Things to Do

Congress passed a law preventing further extensions of the payment pause. Student loan interest resumed on Sept. 1, 2023, and payments will be due starting in October. We encourage you to do the things on this list, so that you’re set up for success.

  1. Register for online access by creating an online account at Please note that you should not be using your Great Lakes account login information for this account.
  2. Once you have an account, log in, and enter the authorization code. Nelnet has two-factor authentication, which means that after you log in with your username and password, you’ll get an authorization code sent to the contact information that we have on file. You’ll then enter the code as another layer of security to access your account.
  3. Automatic Payments:

    If you were previously enrolled in Auto Pay with Great Lakes, see Q&A Will my automatic payment information be transferred to Nelnet?

    If you aren’t enrolled in automatic payments, consider signing up for auto debit. Benefits include a maintenance-free payment method with the potential to earn a 0.25% interest rate reduction while your loans are in an active repayment status. To enroll, log in to your account, and select Manage Automatic Payments from the Payments drop-down menu on your dashboard.

  4. If you use bill pay, contact your financial institution to arrange for them to pay Nelnet now instead of Great Lakes. (See Q&A Will my bill pay service information transfer to Nelnet?)
  5. If you pay by mail, make sure to use Nelnet’s address when repayment begins.

Contact Us

Nelnet’s contact information is as follows:

Nelnet Servicing, LLC NMLS ID# 1508613

Phone: 888.486.4722

To find out when Nelnet advisors are available by phone, visit

Payment Address:

U.S. Department of Education

P.O. Box 2837

Portland, OR 97208-2837

General Correspondence and Qualified Written Requests:


P.O. Box 82561

Lincoln, NE 68501-2561

Fax: 877.402.5816

California Residents:

P.O. Box 82578

Lincoln, NE 68501-2578



Nelnet is a student loan servicer (like Great Lakes) that was chosen by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to service federal student loans. We keep borrowers up-to-date with information about their loans and help them manage the loan repayment process. We are borrowers’ primary point of contact for repaying their loans.

A student loan servicer provides you with the tools and resources you need from the point your first loan amount is disbursed (delivered) by your school, to the point that the balance on your loan(s) is paid in full, discharged, or forgiven. A servicer’s role includes:

  • Keeping you up-to-date with information about your student loan(s).
  • Helping you find the best repayment plan for your budget.
  • Processing payments.
  • Helping you understand the various repayment relief options if you’re unable to make payments.

Keep in mind a servicer never charges to provide assistance with your student loans. There are companies that will offer to help you manage your debt for a fee – we offer the same services for free! Contact Nelnet for help instead. Learn to avoid student aid scams at

Nelnet will send you a welcome notice shortly after your federal student loan(s) has been transferred. If you have questions once you’ve received your welcome notice, give us a call.

Generally, we’ll be able to answer questions about your account(s) once you’ve received your welcome notice from Nelnet.

If your loan(s) hasn’t transferred to us, we’re not able to answer loan-specific questions, but we’re happy to help answer any general transfer questions. Until you receive the welcome communication from Nelnet, contact Great Lakes at (800) 236-4300 for loan-specific information.

If you had multiple loans with Great Lakes, all of them will transfer to Nelnet.

It's possible you have other student loans serviced by another servicer. You can find out which loans Nelnet services by creating an account on our website and logging in to view your Account Summary by selecting My Loans. To view all of your federal loans, including those with other servicers, visit Your account in should be updated to reflect your updated servicer information within 7 to 10 business days after your loans finish transferring to Nelnet.


Yes. Nelnet will assign a new federal student loan account number to you once it loads your loan(s) onto its system. Nelnet will inform you of your new account number in the welcome communication it sends to you.

Yes. Follow the instructions Nelnet provides in its welcome communication to sign up at Under Great Lakes, you’ve had a user ID, PIN, and password; with Nelnet, you’ll establish a username and password.

Once you receive your welcome communication from Nelnet and you’ve created your account, you can log in at any time to view your loan details and check your status.

Yes, they did. If you need to make changes to your communication preferences with us, log in to your account, choose My Profile from the menu, and select Manage Paperless.


No, the transfer will not change your repayment plan. Once the transfer is complete, you will make your payments to Nelnet.

No, your eligibility will not be affected. Any deferment, forbearance, discharge, or forgiveness options you were eligible for will not change, and your loan status (such as in-school, repayment, or deferment) will transfer with your loan(s).

No action is necessary. Any form/application already processed or pending to be processed (for example, an Income-Driven Repayment Plan request) will be forwarded to Nelnet once the transfer is complete. After the transfer, please immediately begin using Nelnet’s contact information for correspondence.

Your previous payment history from Great Lakes is now available. To view, log in to your account and select Inbox from the Documents menu. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to sign up for electronic correspondence to activate your Inbox, which will also allow you to view billing statements and alerts online.

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Great Lakes will forward any payments made to them, to Nelnet, for at least 120 days after your transfer date. We’ll apply your payment and credit it to your loan(s) effective the date of the payment. It may take a few weeks for payments to process, but a payment will not be considered past due under these circumstances. We appreciate your patience during this time.

If you plan to send Nelnet a payment by mail, use the payment address listed in the Contact Us section. You can also explore other ways to submit a payment to Nelnet.

Here’s what happened if you had automatic payments set up with Great Lakes:

  • If you didn’t have payments due because you were in the payment pause, your automatic payment enrollment transferred to Nelnet. You can adjust your automatic payments by logging in to, selecting the Payments menu, and choosing Manage Automatic Payments. Now that the payment pause has ended, your automatic payments will start with Nelnet. You’ll receive a billing statement before your automatic payment is withdrawn.
  • If you didn’t have payments due because you were in school, in grace, in a deferment, or in a forbearance other than the payment pause, those automatic payments ended on the day your loan(s) transferred to Nelnet. As you exit your in-school, grace, deferment, or forbearance status and payments are required, you’ll be able to set up automatic payments with Nelnet by logging in to, selecting the Payments menu, and choosing Manage Automatic Payments.
  • If you had payments due because you opted out of the payment pause, your automatic payment enrollment transferred to Nelnet and automatic payments continued uninterrupted. You can manage or stop your automatic payments by logging in, selecting the Payments menu, and choosing Manage Automatic Payments.

No, it will not. If you were using a bill pay service with your financial institution prior to the transfer, and you want to continue making payments to Nelnet using a bill pay service, please update the payee to reflect your new Nelnet account number and the payment address shown below.

U.S. Department of Education

P.O. Box 2837

Portland, OR 97208-2837

If you don’t make these updates, the bank or bill paying service will send your payments to the wrong servicer, and there will be a delay in your account being credited.

Sometimes, borrowers want to send more money than is due (an excess payment) and want to specify how it is applied. At Nelnet, this is called special payment instructions. Here is an overview on how to request these instructions at Nelnet.

One-Time Special Payment Instruction

Log in to your account, select Make a Payment, and then select Pay by Group. At this point, you can enter payment amounts to apply to each of your loan groups. Then simply confirm your payment to submit it.

Recurring Special Payment Instructions

Log in to your account and select Special Payment Instructions from the Payments drop-down menu. At this point, you can select a recurring special payment instruction to apply to future payments.

Visit our website’s general FAQ page and refer to the section entitled Special Payment Instructions for more details.


As a currently enrolled student, you will not be required to make payments until the end of your grace period, after you’ve dropped below half-time enrollment. At that time, Nelnet will reach out to help you prepare to begin repayment on your student loan(s).

After the transfer, Nelnet will contact you with assistance to get you ready for repayment. Once your loan(s) enters a repayment status, we encourage you to sign up for auto debit with Nelnet.


Great Lakes will report your account(s) as closed due to transfer. Nelnet will then open a new account(s) with the same total balance for each loan you have, and report your student loans to the four nationwide consumer reporting agencies (that is, Equifax, TransUnion, Experian, and Innovis). Within 90 days of the transfer, these changes will be reflected on your credit report and Nelnet will continue to report on your federal student loans.

Credit Karma is a third-party source for credit reporting. Nelnet reports to the four nationwide consumer reporting agencies (that is, Equifax, TransUnion, Experian, and Innovis). Then Credit Karma accesses your credit reports and compiles a credit score, making it available to you. Thus, you want to make sure that all information reported to the consumer reporting agencies is up-to-date so that the data Credit Karma accesses and compiles your score from is accurate.

Nelnet can review and answer questions about any reporting we have submitted on your federal student loans. We can also review your balance information to verify that it aligns with the balance you had with Great Lakes. We can’t provide feedback on your credit score, however.

Your payment history while your loan was at Great Lakes will remain distinct from your payment history once your loan has transferred to Nelnet. If you have questions about your payments before the transfer, Nelnet will connect you with Great Lakes’ representatives to provide answers.

The IRS Form 1098-E is your annual student loan interest statement. It includes the amount of student loan interest you’ve paid on your student loan(s) in the past year. You usually receive your 1098-E in late January of the following year.

Nelnet will send you a 1098-E for the interest you paid to us after the transfer. Great Lakes should send you a 1098-E for the interest you paid while they serviced your loan(s). If you add the totals together, you can determine the total interest you paid for the year. Make sure to seek tax advice from a professional if you need assistance.

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