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closed 6/5/2019 via BNC Analysis

Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2), acquired Skills Fund

synopsis: Skills Fund, a financing platform for bootcamps and tech skill training schools, announced that it has been acquired by Goal Structured Solutions, a company that operates as an asset management firm. Goal is the largest third-party provider of student loan services and currently manages a portfolio of over $26 billion.
buyer: Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2)
Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2), operates as an asset management firm. The company offers loan administration, loan and receivables purchasing, capital markets advisory services, and products and services to the education loan industry. "
target: Skills Fund
Skills Fund is a financing platform for bootcamps and tech skill training schools that partners with more than 70 schools and 400 programs. It lends money to students participating in programs in software development, web development, data science, and cybersecurity.
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closed 5/9/2018 via PR Newswire

Lumni, acquired Paytronage, Inc.

synopsis: Lumni, an international financial technology company focused on increasing the affordability and accessibility of higher education, announced the acquisition of Paytronage, a 9-month old NYC-based direct-to-consumer marketplace for income share agreements (ISAs).
buyer: Lumni
Lumni is the world's largest and most-established player in the emerging income share agreements (ISA) space, having originated and serviced nearly 10,000 ISAs across Latin America. "
target: Paytronage, Inc.
Founded in August 2017, Paytronage launched as a direct-to-consumer marketplace connecting institutional lenders to students interested in taking out income share agreements. Paytronage launched at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on offering ISAs to Ivy League students.
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closed 11/30/2016 via Company Press Release

Follett Corporation, acquired Valore

synopsis: Follett Corporation, a global leader in education and entertainment content distribution, announced it has acquired Valore Inc. and the ValoreBooks marketplace solution for students and bookstores to buy, sell and rent college textbooks online.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to PreK-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Follett is a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: Valore
Valore offers innovative solutions that eliminate the inefficiencies throughout the textbook industry, and bring more affordable textbooks and higher quality courseware to students, bookstores, professors, and schools.
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closed 12/2/2009 via PR Newswire

SimpleTuition Inc., acquired TuitionCoach

synopsis: SimpleTuition, Inc., the premier destination for personalized student loan research and comparison, has acquired TuitionCoach, the leading website for personalized college financial guidance. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
buyer: SimpleTuition Inc.
SimpleTuition is committed to helping students and parents figure out how to make college affordable. SimpleTuition.com features interactive tools for a personalized approach to understanding the college funding system and available education financing options. "
target: TuitionCoach
TuitionCoach is a personalized internet-based program that guides families step-by-step through the college financial aid process, offering: expert tips for completing financial aid applications; analysis of college funding options; and email consultation.
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announced 5/18/2009 via PR Newswire

Freshman Fund, Inc. will be merged with Wee Web,

synopsis: Wee Web, the private sharing service for families, and Freshman Fund, the college savings gift registry, announced an agreement to merge the two companies. Together, continuing under the name Wee Web, these services create a single destination for families to stay connected and facilitate education savings.
buyer: Wee Web
Wee Web helps families share moments and stay connected - no matter where everyone lives. As a simple, secure and private service, Wee Web makes it easy for parents to keep family and friends involved in their kids' rapidly changing lives so no one misses the special moments that happen only once. "
target: Freshman Fund, Inc.
Freshman Fund is an easy way for parents, relatives and friends to contribute gift money to college savings. Birthdays, holidays and other events could be opportunities for a more meaningful, practical gift. As every parent knows, the sooner you start saving, the easier it is.
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closed 8/5/2015 via BNC Analysis

Affirm, acquired Lendlayer

synopsis: Affirm, a next-generation consumer finance company, has completed the acquisition of LendLayer, an online social lending platform that enables users to pay for their education. LendLayer provides lending for accelerated learning programs like Hackbright Academy.
buyer: Affirm
Affirm is a next-generation consumer finance company providing shoppers with instant point-of-sale financing for online purchases. Affirm’s data-driven approach looks beyond a standard credit score to reach broader consumer populations. "
target: Lendlayer
LendLayer, Inc. operates an online social lending platform that enables users to pay for their education. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, California
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closed 1/24/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Flywire, acquired OnPlan Holdings LLC

synopsis: Flywire, a provider of global payment and receivables solutions for education, healthcare, and business, announced the acquisition of OnPlan Holdings LLC, the parent company of OnPlanU and OnPlan Health. OnPlan Health is a web portal and payment solution. OnPlanU is a student billing and payment solution.
buyer: Flywire
Flywire is a leading provider of international payment solutions, connecting businesses and institutions with other businesses and consumers on six continents. Flywire is used by over 1,300 organizations across 18 countries around the world. "
target: OnPlan Holdings LLC
OnPlan Holdings LLC, the parent company of OnPlanU and OnPlan Health. OnPlan’s vertical-specific solutions address key revenue lifecycle management needs in healthcare and higher ed. OnPlan Health is a web portal and payment solution. OnPlanU is a student billing and payment solution.
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closed 10/1/2015 via BusinessWire

Flywire, acquired Uni-Pay

synopsis: Flywire (formerly peerTransfer), the leading provider of global payment solutions for the education industry, announced it has acquired UK tuition processor Uni-Pay. Uni-Pay offers tuition payment services to students attending 60 educational institutions in the UK, the second leading destination for foreign students studying abroad.
buyer: Flywire
Flywire, formerly peerTransfer, is the leading provider of global payment solutions for the education industry, providing processing, tracking and reconciliation services for educational institutions worldwide. They offer an easy-to-use, economical payment experience for international students. "
target parent: Inprova Group
target: Uni-Pay
Uni-Pay is an international payment and collection provider for overseas student fees, that has been designed specifically for universities and language schools. Uni-Pay can help education providers offer their overseas students an improved payment experience while delivering administration savings.
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closed 12/31/2010 via Market Wire

First Marblehead, acquired Tuition Management Systems

synopsis: The First Marblehead Corporation completed the acquisition of Tuition Management Systems (TMS) from KeyBank, N.A. TMS is one of the nation's largest providers of outsourced tuition planning, billing, counseling, and payment technology services for colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary schools.
buyer: First Marblehead (FMD:$50.38)
First Marblehead helps meet the need for education financing by offering national and regional financial institutions and educational institutions the Monogram(SM) platform, an integrated suite of design, implementation and credit risk management services. "
target parent: KeyCorp
target: Tuition Management Systems
Tuition Management Systems has worked with private K-12 schools, colleges and universities to help make education more affordable. Tuition Management Systems offers a suite of products and services to client schools that includes billing, payment processing and education payment counseling.
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closed 2/4/2017 via BNC Analysis

SlicePay, acquired Trustio Technologies Private Limited

synopsis: Micro-lending startup SlicePay has acquired Delhi-based P2P lending platform Trustio in an all equity deal. Launched in 2016, Trustio is an invite-only platform for alumni of premier colleges to avail short-term credit from their fellow alumni.
buyer: SlicePay
Founded in 2015, SlicePay operates on a buy now, pay later model through which students can purchase products on credit without collateral. Repayments can be made on a monthly basis. It has partnered with the likes of Amazon, Paytm and Myntra. "
target: Trustio Technologies Private Limited
Trustio is a New Delhi based P2P lending company giving alumni-backed loans to students and recent graduates. Trustio allows alumni of a select number of colleges access to short-term credit sourced from their colleagues.
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closed 5/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Emtek Group, acquired UNIK Uang Elektronik

synopsis: Emtek Group, Indonesia's most prominent media conglomerate, has acquired a 90% stake in PT Espay Debit Indonesia Koe, the owner of UNIK, a socialbanking mobile application for students in Indonesia. UNIK allows users to transfer money, send money to their friends, shop online, pay bills, and pay school fees.
buyer: Emtek Group (JKSE:EMTK:$579.52)
Founded in 1983, Emtek Group has evolved into a modern, integrated group of companies with three main business divisions: Media, Telecommunications and IT Solutions, and Connectivity. With media as its primary business portfolio, Emtek has become Indonesia's most prominent media conglomerate. "
target: UNIK Uang Elektronik
UNIK is a socialbanking mobile application for students in Indonesia. Users can transfer money from their savings account or their e-money account electronically. The app allows users to shop online, pay bills, and pay school fees. Users can also send money to their friends who also use the app.
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closed 12/9/2019 via BusinessWire

E-Trade Financial Corp., acquired Gradifi, Inc.

synopsis: E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services, Inc. has acquired Gradifi, a student loan benefit and financial wellness provider. The deal meaningfully bolsters the E*TRADE Corporate Services offering to include financial wellness and student loan solutions as part of a comprehensive benefits platform.
buyer: E-Trade Financial Corp. (ETFC:$2,937.00)
The E*TRADE Financial family of companies provides financial services, including trading, investing, banking, and managing employee stock, securities products and services, commodity futures and options, student loan benefit plans, and more. "
target parent: General Atlantic, LLC
target: Gradifi, Inc.
Gradifi is leading the way in providing innovative financial benefits that empower employers to help brighten the financial futures of their employees with contributions to their student loans, options to refinance their loans, and help save for their children’s educational futures.
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closed 4/30/2019 via Company Press Release

Reverence Capital Partners LLC, acquired Transact Campus Inc

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced that the company has completed the sale of its Blackboard Transact business unit to Reverence Capital Partners, LP. Through transformative payments, Transact partners with institutions to help them make their student and family experience mobile-centric.
buyer: Reverence Capital Partners LLC
Reverence Capital Partners is a private investment firm focused on thematic investing in leading global, middle-market financial services businesses through control and influence oriented investments. "
target parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
target: Transact Campus Inc (ONE:$152.00)
Through transformative payments, Transact partners with institutions to help them make their student and family experience mobile-centric. Transact's open enterprise-class cloud platform enables mission-critical capabilities that translate into superior student and family experiences.
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announced 10/19/2017 via PR Newswire

Nelnet, Inc., will acquire Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation

synopsis: Nelnet, one of the leading educational finance companies in the U.S., announced it has entered into a definitive and binding agreement with Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation to acquire 100% of the stock of their student loan servicing company, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.
buyer: Nelnet, Inc. (NNI:$824.49)
Nelnet is one of the leading educational finance companies in the U.S. and is focused on providing quality student loan products and services to students and schools nationwide. "
target: Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation
Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, Great Lakes and its parent affiliated group have been helping students access higher education since 1967. They provide support to make higher education accessible, the financial aid process simpler, and the possibility of paying for college real.
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closed 12/12/2016 via BusinessWire

First Republic Bank, acquired Gradifi, Inc.

synopsis: First Republic Bank announced it has acquired Gradifi Inc., a Boston-based student loan repayment technology platform to assist the nation's 44 million student loan borrowers. Gradifi pioneered the SLP Plan (Student Loan Paydown), a technology and service platform used by employers to make direct contributions to employees’ student loans.
buyer parent: General Atlantic, LLC
buyer: First Republic Bank (FRC:$3,197.47)
First Republic and its subsidiaries offer private banking, private business banking and private wealth management, including investment, trust and brokerage services. First Republic specializes in delivering exceptional, relationship-based service, with a commitment to responsiveness and action. "
target: Gradifi, Inc.
Gradifi is a Boston-based student loan pay down provider with the first innovative solution to the nation's $1.3 trillion student loan debt problem. The company is led by a management team that brings decades of combined experience in consumer financial services and entrepreneurial ventures.
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closed 8/4/2016 via PR Newswire

Blackboard Inc., acquired Higher One, Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, completed its acquisition of Higher One Holdings, Inc. The acquisition will allow for collaboration between CASHNet, the market software leader in secure online payment of tuition and fees, and the Blackboard Transact business line.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. They challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them. "
target: Higher One, Inc. (ONE:$152.00)
Higher One partners with colleges and universities to lower their administrative costs and to improve graduation rates. They provide an array of payment, refund disbursement and data analytics and management tools to institutions that help them save money and enhance institutional effectiveness.
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closed 3/2/2016 via BNC Analysis

CordiaGrad, acquired CordiaGrad

synopsis: Jack Zoeller, the founder of Cordia Bancorp, relinquished his role as CEO of the company in conjunction with his purchase and independent spin-off of CordiaGrad, a student loan refinance company that launched within the bank last year. CordiaGrad refinance for both undergraduate or graduate degrees and accept applications from nearly 1,000 schools.
buyer: CordiaGrad
CordiaGrad is a student loan refinancing program designed to reward student loan borrowers, who achieved well in school, started a career, and have taken care of their credit, with a low-cost refinance loan. "
target parent: Cordia Bancorp Inc.
target: CordiaGrad
CordiaGrad is a student loan refinancing program designed to reward student loan borrowers, who achieved well in school, started a career, and have taken care of their credit, with a low-cost refinance loan.
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closed 12/22/2015 via PR Newswire

Gradifi, Inc., acquired SmarterBucks

synopsis: Gradifi, a Boston-based startup, announced the acquisition of the SmarterBucks program from Valore. SmarterBucks provides members a variety of ways to earn value and apply it towards paying down student loan debt. Members participate by shopping at the SmarterBucks.com Marketplace, completing online surveys and by earning rewards with a debit card.
buyer: Gradifi, Inc.
Gradifi is a Boston-based start-up providing an innovative solution to the nation's student loan debt problem. By partnering with companies to develop employer SLP Plans (Student Loan Paydown), rewards programs and brand loyalty programs, Gradifi empowers students to repay their loan debt. "
target parent: Valore
target: SmarterBucks
SmarterBucks is a revolutionary rewards program that helps users pay down their student loans faster and for less. Users earn rewards on the money spent on brands featured in the SmarterBucks marketplace, and those rewards become extra student loan payments on any student loan.
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announced 12/16/2015 via BusinessWire

BankMobile, will purchase Disbursements Business from Higher One, Inc.

synopsis: Higher One Holdings, Inc. announced that it reached an agreement to sell substantially all of the assets and certain of the liabilities of its Disbursements business, including the OneAccount, to BankMobile. Higher One’s Disbursements business includes its proprietary Refund Management® Disbursement Service and the OneAccount.
buyer parent: Customers Bank
buyer: BankMobile
BankMobile provides personal and commercial banking services through an online platform. It is the first bank in the U.S. With their app, customers can simply snap a photo to upload your driver’s license, deposit checks and even pay bills. "
seller: Higher One, Inc. (ONE:$152.00)
Higher One’s Disbursements business includes its proprietary Refund Management® Disbursement Service and the OneAccount. Refund Management® streamlines the financial aid refund disbursement process and the OneAccount is an FDIC-insured checking account offered through Higher One’s bank partners.
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closed 12/17/2012 via BusinessWire

Heartland Payment Systems Inc., acquired ECSI

synopsis: Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payments processors, has expanded its Campus Solutions division by acquiring ECSI, a leading provider of cost-effective, customized payments processing solutions for the higher education industry.
buyer: Heartland Payment Systems Inc. (HPY:$2,682.40)
Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. is a payments processor that delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, school solutions, loyalty marketing services, campus solutions, payroll and related business solutions and services to more than 250,000 business and education locations nationwide. "
target: ECSI
ECSI supports the entire life cycle of higher education and post-graduation school/student services, including student loan payment processing, default solutions, refund services, tuition payment plans, electronic billing and payment, tax document services, and business outsourcing.
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closed 6/5/2019 via BNC Analysis

Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2), acquired Skills Fund

synopsis: Skills Fund, a financing platform for bootcamps and tech skill training schools, announced that it has been acquired by Goal Structured Solutions, a company that operates as an asset management firm. Goal is the largest third-party provider of student loan services and currently manages a portfolio of over $26 billion.
buyer: Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2)
Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2), operates as an asset management firm. The company offers loan administration, loan and receivables purchasing, capital markets advisory services, and products and services to the education loan industry. "
target: Skills Fund
Skills Fund is a financing platform for bootcamps and tech skill training schools that partners with more than 70 schools and 400 programs. It lends money to students participating in programs in software development, web development, data science, and cybersecurity.
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closed 6/5/2019 via BNC Analysis

Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2), acquired Skills Fund

synopsis: Skills Fund, a financing platform for bootcamps and tech skill training schools, announced that it has been acquired by Goal Structured Solutions, a company that operates as an asset management firm. Goal is the largest third-party provider of student loan services and currently manages a portfolio of over $26 billion.
buyer: Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2)
Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2), operates as an asset management firm. The company offers loan administration, loan and receivables purchasing, capital markets advisory services, and products and services to the education loan industry. "
target: Skills Fund
Skills Fund is a financing platform for bootcamps and tech skill training schools that partners with more than 70 schools and 400 programs. It lends money to students participating in programs in software development, web development, data science, and cybersecurity.
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announced 3/14/2017 via BNC Analysis

Boubyan Petrochemical Company, will acquire Educational Holding Group

synopsis: Boubyan Petrochemicals, the first private-sector company in Kuwait that invested in the government-controlled petrochemical sector, is to acquire majority stake in Educational Holding Group, the first private educational investments organization in Kuwait. Boubyan Petrochemicals is looking to buy 32.8% stake and currently hold 21.12% stake.
buyer: Boubyan Petrochemical Company (KWSE:BPCC:$93.42)
Boubyan Petrochemical Company K.S.C., a Kuwaiti shareholding company listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, is the first private-sector company in Kuwait that invested in the government-controlled petrochemical sector. The company was established on February 12, 1995 "
target: Educational Holding Group (KWSE:EDU:$38.04)
Founded in 1982, Educational Holding Group was the first private educational investments organization in Kuwait. The group has grown manifold with a portfolio that covers the entire educational life-cycle, ranging from K-12, tertiary education and vocational training and development.
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announced 1/4/2018 via PR Newswire

SilverLake, will acquire Weld North Education

synopsis: Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, announced that it will acquire a majority stake in Weld North Education (WNE), a leading digital education technology company focused on developing digital curriculum and tools for preK-12th grade, from KKR.
buyer: SilverLake
Silver Lake is the global leader in technology investing, with about $39 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital and a team of approximately 100 investment and value creation professionals located in Silicon Valley, New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. "
target parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
target: Weld North Education
Weld North Education operates a platform of digital and SaaS educational solution businesses and makes control investments in high potential businesses in the education industry.
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