What We’re Up To

In Nelnet’s technology department, every day is different. Our teams work from ideation to execution, and we’re always looking toward the next big development. Below are some exciting projects we have in the works.

Payment Processing

Payment Technology

Nelnet is adding several value-added features to its existing payment platform, with the overriding goal of broadening the way people accept payments. Processing a payment from a computer or phone is commonplace, but we want to take it a step further. As part of this initiative, PaymentSpring is exploring check and cryptocurrency payments as a tool for merchants.



Blockchain is a revolutionary concept that has the potential to change how the internet works. Nelnet is currently investing in a dedicated blockchain engineering team, which will incorporate data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Through this new team, Nelnet aims to commercialize these revolutionary concepts and move our business lines in a forward, progressive motion.

Why Nelnet?

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s why our associates love working at Nelnet.

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A career in IT is more than just a paycheck. Nelnet takes care of associates both inside and outside the office through extensive perks and benefits.

Bleeding Edge Technology

Bleeding Edge

Thrive in an environment that challenges you to think outside the box. Our IT associates are encouraged to take risks as they work with the newest, most revolutionary technology concepts.

Casual Dress Environment

Casual Dress

Great work is not characterized by a suit and tie, so feel free to sport whatever makes you comfortable at work each day.

Free Health Benefit Premiums

Free Health Premiums

Hit all your health goals and qualify for free health premiums for associate-only coverage. That means money back in your pocket every month for staying healthy.

Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition Reimbursement

After being a part of the Nelnet family for a year, you’re eligible for tuition reimbursement if you’re seeking higher education in a technology field.

Enjoy the inspiring and inventive Silicon Prairie atmosphere

Silicon Prairie

Enjoy the inspiring and inventive atmosphere you’d find on the coasts, coupled with the homegrown comfort and livability of the Midwest.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Stay in touch with industry trends and begin a cycle of lifelong learning by attending worldwide conferences and education courses on the Nelnet dime.

Learn about Nelnet Associates in IT

Tim Braun

IT Software Development Manager
Tim’s background in local start-ups has landed him at PaymentSpring, a developer-driven payments solution company.

Lance Johnson

IT Software Engineer
Lance is an intern-turned-full-time Nelnet associate and currently works as a full-stack software engineer.

John McCarthy

IT Manager
A team lead in the grant and aid department, John manages a team that develops software for K-12 schools.

Lucy Johnson

Scrum Master
Well-versed in both agile and waterfall methodologies, Lucy manages a variety of applications in each Nelnet segment.

Heath Roehr

Senior Vice President
Heath is a former NASA developer and now serves as Senior VP of Solutions at PaymentSpring.

Patrick Jungers

IT Manager
With six years at Nelnet under his belt, Patrick’s role focuses on resolving technical issues for associates and clients.

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