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Sallie Mae Receives State's Highest Honor for Exemplary Support of Guard and Reserve Employees


The Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an
Official Office of the U.S. Department of Defense, Recognized Sallie Mae
with its Prestigious Pro Patria Award

Sallie Mae, the nation's saving, planning, and paying for college
company, has been awarded the 2018 Pro Patria Award for its steadfast
support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The Pro Patria Award is
the highest honor awarded by the Delaware State Committee of the
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Sallie Mae leadership
and employees accepted the award at ESGR's annual awards recognition
banquet in Dover.

"Sallie Mae recognizes the importance of military service and the
sacrifices of our servicemembers and their families," said Gary R.
Stockbridge, state chair, Delaware ESGR. "The company consistently
supports its military employees and their families with assistance and
services that go above and beyond."

ESGR's Pro Patria award recognizes a company's exemplary support to
National Guardsmen and Reservists through service, community outreach,
personnel policies that make it easier for employees to serve in the
military, and recruitment of active and veteran personnel.

For employees on active military duty and their families, Sallie Mae
serves as a resource and provides assistance during the transition to
and from military duty. The company continues salary and benefits for
employees on active duty beyond what is required by federal or state
law. The company also offers flexible scheduling and time off for
training and deployment, including time to make financial, legal, child
care, parent care, and other arrangements necessitated by the employee's
service. In addition, Sallie Mae provides military caregiver leave for
employees with family members who have incurred a serious injury or
illness in the line of duty.

"It is an incredible honor to receive this recognition from the Delaware
ESGR," said Raymond J. Quinlan, chairman and CEO, Sallie Mae. "Our
employees are our most valuable asset, and we appreciate our colleagues
who are actively serving both our customers and their country through
the National Guard and Reserve, and the sacrifices this requires. They
deserve our gratitude and support."

Sallie Mae's commitment to members of the military also extends to
customers, offering a number of resources to help military families
manage student loans before, during, and after deployment, with a team
of specially trained customer service representatives who work
exclusively with military families. The company makes it easy for
customers to request military benefits and goes a step further by
proactively providing benefits for eligible customers.

The Pro Patria Award marks the third time Sallie Mae has been recognized
by the Delaware ESGR. Last year, Sallie Mae received the Above and
Beyond Award for efforts to exceed the legal requirements of the
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. In August
2016, four Sallie Mae managers received the ESGR Patriot Award for their
support of the military service members on their teams.

Sallie Mae also formally renewed its Statement of Support for the Guard
and Reserve, pledging to give managers the tools they need to
effectively support employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve; to
encourage employment opportunities for active, transitioning, and
veteran service members; and to continually recognize and support
service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.

For more information about Sallie Mae's benefits for military customers,
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About Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae (NASDAQ:SLM) is the nation's saving, planning, and
paying for college company. Whether college is a long way off or just
around the corner, Sallie Mae offers products that promote responsible
personal finance, including private education loans, free scholarship
search tools, free college financial planning tools, and online retail
banking. Learn more at Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM
Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the
United States of America.

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