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Kbrown2225: I had this happen recently. My graduate school refused to release my transcripts even though I am on a payment plan and had made my payments promptly every month. Their basic argument was that the plan they had agreed to did not include large enough payments. Fortunately for me the school I had graduated from was law school, so I had the knowledge and ability to fight them and get my transcripts.
I am not in default on my student loans and will continue to pay to the best of my ability, but between my wife and I we have close to $120,000 in student loan debt and since we are both in our forties and still struggling, I doubt if we will ever be able to pay it all off. Well, they cannot take away the knowledge we have gained and they can’t come after us once we are dead.
I do hope that the federal government will do something to help this situation. My education is the most precious thing I have but the cost has been astronomical.
In response to Dave Lindorff’s “Colleges Withhold Transcripts From Grads in Loan Default.” March 30, 2012
Charley James: A totally engrossing and informative article, thanks! I hope that her staff will, “Let Warren Be Warren” as the campaign develops. Having heard her speak once, long before she decided to run for the Senate, I’ve experienced how she connects with an audience – there were maybe 200 people at the speech I attended – when she just talks and doesn’t worry about “messaging” and “focus group points” or what handlers are telling Warren to say and how to say it.
As a campaigner, Ms. Warren reminds me of some of the really great politicians I’ve met and talked with over the years: JFK and both of his brothers, Hubert Humphrey, Reagan when he was governor of California, President Obama. No matter how short or long the exchange I had with them, no matter whether I was a teenager or an adult, regardless of how I was dressed at the time, each left me with the deep feeling that there wasn’t anything else they’d rather be doing at that particular moment than talking to me. Ms. Warren conveys that same connection.
In response to E.J. Graff’s “Elizabeth Warren: Yes She Can?” April 3, 2012