Reading is fundamental, but funding is crucial to higher education. That's where Educational Funding of the South comes in. Known as Edsouth, the not-for-profit, public benefit corporation provides student loan funding by purchasing loans from originators. Nearly 500 lending institutions participate in one or more of Edsouth's educational loan programs. Since its founding in 1988, the lender has provided nearly $4 billion to fund more than 750,000 student loans for postsecondary students, making Edsouth one of the nation's largest holders of student loans.