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.

SIMPLE
Really. We promise. Apply from your smartphone, tablet or laptop in just 3 minutes and find out instantly if you’re approved.
CLEAR
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.
PERSONAL
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.
FOUNDERS
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
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
JIM KELLER
Chief Financial Officer
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
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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