The MDHE has administered the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) in the state of Missouri since 1979 and is currently one of 32 guarantors operating nationwide. Although the federal Healthcare and Education Affordability Act of 2010 eliminated the ability of FFELP guarantors to originate new loans as of July 1, 2010, the MDHE does still service and maintain its portfolio of loans guaranteed prior to that date. As part of its statutory responsibilities within FFELP, the MDHE offers numerous free services and programs to help Missouri students access and succeed in postsecondary education.