THIS WEEK: #StudentDebtHotline Open May 24-26

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual The Borrowers Hotline. Student Debt Crisis has partnered with the AFL-CIO to offer fee student loan help from experts and friendly volunteers. Give us a call May 24-26 from 12:00pmET to 10:00pmET to have your student debt questions answered!

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Veterans Groups, Student Advocates Stand Against Ellen Partnership With University of Phoenix

“Her partnership with the predatory for-profit college University of Phoenix gives her stamp of approval to a company that has earned itself a concerning reputation for defrauding veterans and targeting students.” said Natalia Abrams, Executive Director of Student Debt Crisis.
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Student Debt Crisis Takes the White House Student Debt Challenge

We will continue our student loan education by conducting student loan trainings for more than 2,000 professionals. Also, we are building out a student debt program to educate up to 1,000 nonprofit professionals about repayment options and public service loan forgiveness. Student Debt Crisis plans to conduct a series of webinars to reach more than 800,000 people within their membership network.
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Join Our Student Loan Debt 101 Webinar

This will be an opportunity for student loan borrowers, like you, to learn about the topics that matter most. Our experts will answer all of these questions and more, plus there will be ample Q&A time for your individual questions. You are our top priority and you should never pay for student loan help.

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Borrower Outreach Program

We traveled thousands of miles speaking to borrowers and spent hundreds of hours perfecting our webinar series on student loans. Now, we are sharing our student loan knowledge and introducing our Borrower Outreach Program.
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I Was Alone, But I Wanted to Make Something of Myself

“I didn’t have my family to help me with college. I was alone, but I wanted to make something of myself. Well, with not being able to work- because college was so intense for me- I had to take out loans to support myself. I dealt with unemployment for many years because it was during the recession. I dropped out of college because I couldn’t work full time to support myself AND take a full load of work at college because I had two jobs to be stable. I lost motivation, I felt hopeless, and I was in total regret.”
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What is #1TDay? Find Out More About the Student Debt Crisis.

1-TDay” marks the fourth anniversary since student loan debt hit one trillion dollars. Since then, we have added nearly four-hundred billion dollars to the overall total and there’s no end in sight. Find out how we got here…
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Student Loan Resources

We teamed up with the AFL-CIO, and many more organizations, to create a whole new website dedicated to delivering you the student loan information you need- simply and easily.  Check out the free resources library at to help you tackle your student loan situation. We have filled this site with hundreds of trusted resources designed to help you cut through the nonsense, and make navigating your student loans that much easier.
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Real Life Student Debt Stories

Straight from those whose lives have been affected by the weight of student debt.  

For those who don’t want to take action, go ahead. Go right ahead… In my opinion, I’d much rather find a way to ease the debt or die trying then to live life everyday knowing that I’ll keep owing money to a corrupt state of affairs. Drew

The entire situation of student debt keeps me up at night. I owe over 70K in private and federal loans and no one will help me. I’m in the mental health field where I am so needed, but unable to make the money to pay off the debt that I have. Amanda

I am a 60 year old mom and I work as a janitor to help my son pay his student loans of which $27,000 are federal and $20,000 are private. It is hard because he has very low wages, and I have arthritis which makes my job even harder. Without my help, the loans would default. Darlene

In The News

Latest Articles on The Student Debt Crisis

Black College Graduates Holding More Student Loan Debt Compared to Their White Peers

There’s more involved than you might expect when it comes to predicting who has the most student loan debt. New research shows that Black students, even in middle-income families, are taking on more debt to earn a degree in comparison to their white peers. Combined with the race gap in graduationand earnings, where even when students earn the same degree from the same school, black Americans are getting paid less yet on the hook for more student loan debt. The journal Children and Youth Services Review recently published a study led by Michal Grinstein-Weiss of the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. In it, researchers report “Low-to-moderate income (LMI) black students and graduates accrue on average $7,721 more student debt than their white counterparts.” This was the result even when accounting for other factors like socioeconomic status in families of origin. That additional debt has long-term consequences for growing wealth over the long term, as other research has found that middle-class white households have ten times higher wealth than their black peers. Even levels of employment are unbalanced between white and black graduates, with significantly higher unemployment among black college graduates… Continue Reading at GoodCall… By: Eliana... read more

Veterans Groups, Student Advocates Stand Up Against Partnership between The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The University of Phoenix

             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2016 CONTACT: Natalia Abrams 310-365-1069 RELEASE: Veterans Groups, Student Advocates Stand Up Against Partnership between The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The University of Phoenix Higher Ed, Not Debt Partners Launch Petition Asking Host Ellen DeGeneres to Drop Partnership with For-Profit College Under Investigation by the Federal Trade Commission Washington, D.C.— Veterans groups and student advocacy organizations are speaking out after The Ellen DeGeneres Show awarded a stay-at-home mom a $25,000 scholarship to the University of Phoenix, a heavily-scrutinized for-profit college currently under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and the California Attorney General. The veterans and student advocacy organizations, part of the Higher Ed, Not Debt coalition, are voicing their opposition to the promotional partnership, which will also provide ten additional scholarships of $25,000 each to participating entrants. The partnership is widely perceived as an egregious departure from the progressive positions DeGeneres typically champions, and another example of the University of Phoenix preying on vulnerable Americans with predatory and misleading marketing tactics. Promotional posts of the partnership on DeGeneres’ social media accounts have been removed in the wake of the public outcry, but neither DeGeneres nor representatives of her show have issued a public comment addressing the partnership, or confirmed whether or not DeGeneres was paid to air the segment. Veterans groups, many of which have called out University of Phoenix for abusing billions of GI Bill dollars to aggressively recruit returning veterans, were equally outraged that DeGeneres would lend support to a school that the federal government placed on probation for unlawful recruiting practices targeting veterans.... read more

Student Debt Crisis takes the White House Student Debt Challenge

Student Debt Crisis plans to conduct a series of webinars to reach more than 800,000 people within their membership network.   From Taking Action to Help More Americans Manage Student Debt Higher education is one of the most important investment individuals can make for themselves and for our country. Today, 11 of the 15 fastest-growing occupations require a postsecondary education. Many students access student loans to help finance their education; typically, that investment pays off, with bachelor’s degree recipients earning $1 million more in their lifetime and associate’s degree recipients earning $360,000 more, compared to their high school counterparts. But for some, burdensome student loan debt can present a challenge as they seek to start a career, raise a family, purchase a home, start a business, or save for retirement. “I’m only here because this country gave me a chance through education.  We are here today because we believe that in America, no hardworking young person should be priced out of a higher education.  This country has always made a commitment to put a good education within the reach of young people willing to work for it.” – President Barack Obama, Remarks on College Affordability, June 9, 2014 Read the entire Press Release here Over 40 new student debt challenge takers. Earlier this month, the White House issued a call to action for colleges, universities, non-profits, businesses, state and local governments, and other employers to help more borrowers better understand their options, and to take action to enroll those borrowers in PAYE and related plans so they can manage their monthly payments and avoid delinquency and default. Today,... read more

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