You're continuing your education and need student loans to help you achieve your goals. When you accept that help, you also accept the responsibility of paying the loans back.
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
ED manages and provides funding for federal student aid programs. Types of funding include student loans and work-study programs. Most student loans are funded under ED's Direct Loan Program.
Your school's financial aid office puts together a financial aid package for you based on the information you provided on your FAFSA. They also serve as an important source of information and advice about your loan.
Your Servicer (Great Lakes)
ED contracts with a limited number of servicers, like us, to help students like you successfully manage your loans. Once your servicer is assigned, they are your primary contact for questions about your loans and can help you manage your loans as you pay them back. Your servicer is likely Great Lakes, but you might have another servicer, too.