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Sallie Mae Ups Common Stock Dividend, Announces $400 Mln Stock Buyback Program

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Student lender SLM Corp. (SLM: Quote), commonly known as Sallie Mae, said Tuesday that its Board of Directors has approved increasing the quarterly dividend on the company's common stock from $0.125 to $0.15 per share.

The next quarterly dividend will be paid on March 15 to shareholders of record on March 1.

The company also said its board has authorized a $400 million share repurchase program for the company's outstanding common stock. The program does not have an expiration date.

In addition, the company announced a 2013 first-quarter dividend on its Preferred Stock Series B of $0.4908444 per share. The dividend on the Preferred Stock Series B will be paid on March 15 to Series B shareholders of record at the close of business on March 5.

The company also scheduled May 30 as the date for its 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

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