Young people with personal student debt stories led students to victory in the fight to keep rates from doubling. From Florida to Nevada, they shared their stories and spoke to press -- generating media coverage at key moments that helped influence key swing votes on the Stafford loan bill. One member spoke with local newspapers in her community about how student debt is stopping preventing her from finishing her education and following her dreams.
Alexis Frymoyer, a St. Petersburg resident and 2010 college graduate who has $40,000 in student loan debt, described during the conference call how her debt has paralyzed not only her financial future but that of her family. She is unable to pursue the remainder of education she needs because she cannot afford to take on more student loan debt. And she is unable to qualify for a mortgage beyond $40,000, which she said means she is forced to continue paying rental rates that are higher than a mortgage payment would be. Frymoyer worked four part-time jobs last year "just to make ends meet," she said. Her student loans will take an estimated 25 years to be paid off.Read additional stories Rebuild the Dream community members shared with the press below. Florida: Students, grads daunted by debt, despite degree, The News-Press Florida: Stafford Loan drama scares students, Bradenton Herald Nevada: Student Loans Run Deeper Than College, CBS Local KXNT NewsRadio Illinois: Loan Moan, Alton Daily News/WBGZ Radio Illinois: Buddy, can you spare a dime for college?, The Northwest Herald
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