The Champion Family

Developing Champions One Student at a Time

We've Served and Assisted Millions of Students!

It all started in January 1988, when Champion founder Mary Lyn Hammer was hired by a school as the nation’s first full-time Default Manager. Historically, this event occurred at the time when student loan defaults first started becoming an issue.

Coming from a banking background where the primary goal of servicing was to keep borrowers current and prevent foreclosures, Ms. Hammer quickly realized that if she served as a liaison between the borrowers and loan servicers that student loan defaults could be prevented. Ms. Hammer was inspired and worked quickly to systematically identify the problems in the student loan industry then she developed procedures to implement that could curtail these problems. Ms. Hammer’s initial program achieved phenomenal results—the default rate at her school dropped from 34% at program inception to 16% within the first year and to less than 10% within two years.

During that time Ms. Hammer also identified fraud and abuse issues that were plaguing student loans and bravely took action to create big changes by lobbying at Capitol Hill with her recommendations. Her ideas were so helpful, that she was included in the process to draft laws to resolve student loan issues and protect the rights of borrowers.

Ms. Hammer and her companies are respected advocates for higher education. Champion Solutions understands the value of preserving positive, supportive relationships between students and their educational institutions, and the fundamentals of our program today are based on the essential, proven-successful techniques that Ms. Hammer originally developed in 1998 to prevent student loan defaults and protect students.

Champion Solutionsis not a collection agency and does not collect money or charge fees. Champion is well-recognized and trusted as a student loan repayment expert who has provided a FREE service to students. Champion Empowerment, launched in 2017, is a sister company of Champion Solutions and offers many tools to help people succeed in life.

Mary Lyn Hammer’s personal mission has continued and expanded into several Champion companies.

The Champion Companies

Champion Col-EDGE Solutions

Student Loan Default Prevention Pioneer Since 1989

Champion for Success

Non-Profit; Life & Career Mentoring Programs

Champion Empowerment

Financial Literacy Resources

Mary Lyn Hammer

Federal Legislation & Regulations, Student Loan Advocacy

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