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Higher One Adopts Families for the Holidays

Higher One employees lift spirits in their communities this holiday season

New Haven, CT and Oakland, CA – December 21, 2010 – Higher One, Inc. (“Higher One” ), a technology and financial services company focused on higher education, worked with local agencies in New Haven and Oakland offices to adopt families in need this holiday season.

Both the New Haven and Oakland branches of Higher One CARES, the community outreach group at Higher One, have adopted families in their communities. Oakland worked with Saint Vincent’s Day Home and New Haven worked with the Coordinating Council of Children in Crisis to raise money for gifts and purchase presents for families in need.

Employees divided into teams and collectively gathered gifts for members of fifteen families. This is the second year that the New Haven office has contributed to Coordinating Council of Children in Crisis and they doubled the number of families for which the employees were able to provide gifts. Higher One employees benefit from the holiday spirit that collecting, selecting, and wrapping these gifts provides them.

“It was truly amazing to witness the outpouring of support from our employees”, said Matt Desfosses, Director of Business Intelligence and Chair of Higher One CARES. “Adopting families inspired true holiday spirit from folks here at Higher One.”

Higher One CARES was formed by employees at Higher One to help identify opportunities for community involvement and engagement. Though CARES supports a variety of local not-for-profits, in both New Haven and Oakland communities, its mission is focused on education. More information about Higher One CARES can be found on www.higherone.com.

About Higher One:
Founded in 2000, Higher One, Inc., a subsidiary of Higher One Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ONE), is a leading company focused on helping college business offices manage operations and provide enhanced service to students. Through a full array of services from refunds, payments, electronic billing, payment plans and more, Higher One works closely with colleges and universities to ensure students receive Financial Aid refunds quickly, can pay tuition and bills online, make on-campus and community purchases, and learn the basics of financial management.

Higher One provides its services to distinguished public and private higher education institutions throughout the country to approximately 5.3 million students. More information about Higher One can be found at HigherOne.com



Before Higher One, our students only had one way to get their refunds, and that was by paper check. With Higher One processing refunds for us, it has allowed us to provide more options for our students without having to enter and store student banking information. We also no longer have to handle sorting, stuffing and mailing thousands of checks.Suzanne ClaggettUniversity of West Florida
Higher One’s experience with college students and their focus on serving colleges distinguishes Higher One from all other financial service providers. We really liked the fact that the community college customer base is expanding for Higher One.Carla Chance St. Louis Community College

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