Student Loan Ranger Interview of StudentDebtCrisis Co-Founder Robert Applebaum

Student Loan Ranger Interview of StudentDebtCrisis Co-Founder Robert Applebaum

This week, the Student Loan Ranger is pleased to interview Robert Applebaum, the cofounder and executive director of He previously founded

His most recent petition in favor of H.R. 4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012, generated more than one million signatures, and he was recently named one of the “Twelve Most Influential Forces in Higher Education for 2012” by the Huffington Post.

[Learn more about the Student Loan Forgiveness Act.]

Before going to work full time on student debt issues, Rob served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn and then spent five years in private practice. He is a 1998 graduate of the Fordham University School of Law.

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  1. They say that getting loan ruins the freedom of one’s soul. Loaning sometimes can be the reason for one’s destruction. It may help at the beginning but as time passes by the amount of interest rises higher and higher. For some it becomes impossible to pay the actual amount let alone the interest. So loaning without a proper planning will surely destroy ones future. Especially in cases of students they must make the right decision about getting loan as the repayment solely depends on whether their degree pays off or not. Regarding these facts governmental as well as private banks should consider reducing the interest rate at least on the student loans.

  2. I don’t have a website, tweet or do anything else that advanced. I am too tired and too stressed under the weight of the debt that I have accumulated with Student Loans, Car Loan, Credit Card Debt that has spiraled out of control just like the rest of my life. I am a single middle aged woman who had the audacity to believe that I could improve my lot in life with a Master in Social Work Degree. I will continue to rue the day I applied for that education. One that was below par with the tuition cost. I have many horror stories to tell and a few friends who could also give further insight to the ordeal we have been through here in Rochester, NY. Suffice it to say, I am underemployed and can not find full-time employment anywhere. I have had many interviews but no offers. I recently read that the children of congress are not required to repay their loans. I don’t know if this is true or not. I do hope it is only a rumor and not truth. Who better to pay off those loans than the fat cats of Washington, and why are their children having to take out loans anyway? So their parents can continue to line their pockets with our money while I sit in my home without proper heat freezing b/c I can not afford to pay anyone to fix my furnace for me. Recently, pipes burst in my home and I can not afford to hire a plumber to fix them. I must try to do this myself. I have been without running water now for 6 days now. I am ill and must make the decision either medicine that will make me feel better so I can continue to work at my part-time job or food. I have been eating soups for months now because this is about all I can afford. I have learned to do without a lot. After rent is paid I will have less than 200 dollars to live on. What happened??? I thought I would be marektable because of all the skills I have acquired over the years along with this new education. It hasn’t paid out. Most days I just cry. I don’t know what I am going to do and I am soo afraid I will be homeless soon. Help me…


    Tina Ramsey


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