Student Loans: Untangling Student Debt

My heart sang when this article came up on my Twitter feed.  Finally the student debt issue is going to be addressed by an independent party interested only in the truth.

Got Student Loans? Share Your Documents With Us, May 23, 2012.

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. ProPublica is partnering with The Chronicle of Higher Education to untangle student debt.

ProPublica is looking for “financial aid package,” “award letter” or “offer letter” that you received from a college or university.  They will keep the information confidential.

ProPublica has creating a Facebook group, ProPublica Student Debt Community, “for people who are struggling with student debt, want to help inform our reporting, or just want to learn more about student loans and keep abreast of new developments.”  The group is open and it has rules How to participate, or welcome to our dinner table. If you have trouble joining the site, contact Blair Hickman, Social Media Producer, Blair.Hickman@propublica.org

Marian Wang, Probublica Reporter, posted on the Facebook page, “The  Consumer Finance Protection Bureau started asking people to talk about their experiences with private student loans back in November (It’s part of the big financial reform. They’ll analyze the complaints and make recommendations based off them.)” The first 457 complaints are included in this file.

Finally, opportunities exist for you to tell your story and be heard.  Please submit your story and your documents to ProPublica and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

If you need assistance, feel free to contact me and I will help you through the process.