By Angela Smith (Contact)
To be delivered to: The Alabama State House, The Alabama State Senate, Governor Robert Bentley, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama
We are not asking for a free education, but rather help with student loans that are crippling the American economy. Many Americans have lost their good paying jobs and forced to take jobs just to make ends meet, with no extra money to pay off the student loans. Lives and families are being ruined by student loans, people are becoming homeless, many have been harrassed so bad that they have commited suicide. I left a job that I had worked at for 12 years making $35.000 a year, I attended a school, you would call a 'diploma mill'. I graduated with $69,000 in student loan debt. Both Federal and Private Student loans. The school had jobs offers extended to me from cmpanies that were offering $8/hr, these jobs needed no degree, just a high school diploma. I later became 100% disabled, the loans went into default. The Federal loans can be medically discharged...maybe. The private loans cannot. Sallie Mae and its affiliates harrass you to no end and use unethical and abusive methods to collect money...any money that they can. I had a call just last week. I told them that I had $50 left and I needed groceries, reply, "I will take that $50 and apply it to your account." No mention of the fact that my and my family would go hungry. I close with this. I now have over $100,000 dollars in Student Loans. I am ruined, all because I wanted a better future for me and my family. My story is just one of millions out there whose lives and families are ruined thanks to student loans. Lets work together. IMPORTANT: In close, the fees, high interest and the fact that we could not meet the demands that Sallie Mae and any other institutes that service student loans have tacked on mountains of extra debt that compounds the problem, this is reported to your credit report for the rest of your life and beyond. Many of us in this economy, because of the lack of good paying jobs will never make enough money to satisfy these debts. Do you have a story to tell? Contact me at email@example.com.
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