Please Pass Christopher's Law to protect students.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Sherrod Brown
New Jersey
Sen. Robert Menendez
New Jersey-03
Rep. Jon Runyan
New Jersey
Sen. Cory Booker
New Jersey-09
Rep. Bill Pascrell
Rep. Spencer Bachus

Please Pass Christopher's Law to protect students.

    1. Ryan Bryski
    2. Petition by

      Ryan Bryski

      Southern, NJ

In 2004, Christopher sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in a tragic accident. He remained in a vegetative state for two years before passing away. That's when my family started getting bombarded with calls from Christopher's bank demanding my family pay back Christopher's cosigned student loans - even though Christopher was dead. 

It was so painful for my family to get calls asking for Christopher  - even after we explained he had died. So I started a petition on asking Christopher's lender to forgive Christopher's loans, and they agreed.

But I want to prevent this from happening to other families by asking Congress to pass Christopher's Law. 

Christopher's Law would require private student loan lenders to clearly and concisely outline borrower obligations in case of death or permanent disability. Families should not have to scour the fine print in order to understand their role as cosigners and, should the unthinkable happen, parents should have a thorough understanding of what to expect.

Christopher's Law passed the House in 2010 but failed to make it out of committee in the Senate - but with your help, we can get this law passed. Cosponsors of the bill include Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and it's endorsed by organizations like The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). 

After Christopher died, it was so confusing and hurtful when his lender came after my dad to get their money back. Our dad had to come out of retirement to make the monthly payments. When Christopher died, my family didn't just lose a loved one -- we inherited debt for an education that will never be used.

Christopher's Law will help prevent this from happening to other families. Please sign my petition to send a message to your members of Congress asking them to cosponsor the bill. 

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    1. Decision-maker Daniel Weiss responds:

      Daniel Weiss

      Please stop spamming my inbox with your petition emails. Regardless of the merits of your cause, it is not an effective lobbying ool and it is interfering with my ability to get my work done.

    2. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joe Johnson BOW, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      It Affects me directly

    • Linda Beauregard SOLOMONS, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      This petition is important to me because, I think many parents struggle to put a child thru college, and some do not have enough they may need the help of a student loan. If a student should die or become disabled ,I don't think the parents should be held liable.

    • Anthony Infurna LYNBROOK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Trying to help a woman who tragically lost her son, and she actually paid back the loan she co-signed, but bank allocated her payments to loans she had not

    • patti chapman SEARCY, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      I am in a similar situation because my son died this February with over $50,000 of private student loans. I have been paying them but it is becoming difficult.

    • Virginia Bryant REDMOND, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      All cosigners should know their responsibilities easily and clearly without confusion, especially during a tramatic event and policies should be in place for grace periods during such an event. Loans from private lenders should be similar to the policies for cosigners on loans from the government.


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