Please forgive private student loans when the primary borrower dies.
  • Petitioning PNC Bank

This petition will be delivered to:

PNC Bank
Sallie Mae
ACS
Great Lakes
First Marblehead
First Marblehead
First Marblehead
Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank
Key Bank
Charter One Bank

Please forgive private student loans when the primary borrower dies.

    1. Steve Mason
    2. Petition by

      Steve Mason

      Highland, CA

My wife and I cosigned for several student loans for our daughter from AES and Sallie Mae.  Our daughter died unexpectedly at the age of 27.  Upon her death, we became responsible for approximately $100,000.00 in student loans.  After four years, the total student loan debt has grown to over $200,000.00.

We became permanent legal guardians of her three small children, ages 4, 7 & 9 at the time of her death.  My wife and I are both close to retirement age.  With the cost of raising three children, in addition to the repayment of these loans, we are struggling financially.  Our savings has been depleted and our credit has been ruined.

Student loans are the only debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.  This has created a financial crisis for our family, as well as for countless American families.  

Extreme situations like ours should qualify for either loan forgiveness by the lending institutions due to extreme financial hardship (National Collegiate Trust, Charter One Bank, Sallie Mae, NCO Financial, ACS, First Marblehead, RBS Citizens Bank, etc.), or they should be able to be discharged in bankruptcy, just like every other type of debt.  Most of these private student loans are guaranteed to be paid to the lender by the federal government.  Please feel free to contact me at oasis-steve@hotmail.com.

To:
PNC Bank
Sallie Mae
ACS
Great Lakes
First Marblehead
First Marblehead
First Marblehead
Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank
Key Bank
Charter One Bank
Please forgive private student loans when the primary borrower dies. Steve and Darnelle Mason have loans that need to be forgiven. They have taken in their three young grandchildren after their daughter died, and they are being financially devastated by the student loans their daughter had with your company. Please do the right thing and forgive these loans!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Thank You

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Not a day goes by where we are not mindful of all of you and your
      kindness and generosity towards us and our family. We thank you
      so much for sending us your notes of support, encouragement
      and gifts. It helps us more than you could ever know!
      It is undoubtedly a long and slow process working with legislation, as well as
      with the loan companies. We will continue to keep you updated.
      Until then, please accept our sincere gratitude!

    2. Link

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      People have been asking about what our church is like. Here is a link to yesterday's sermon at Oasis Church ...

      http://youtu.be/AnCYLCxAd3k?list=UUoIWWdYeVxfsuN7OHS7gDtw

      You can find out more about us at WWW.OASISWEB.ORG

      October 12 Service: The Journey Part V

      Uploaded by churchesredlands on 2014-10-13.

    3. The Doctors TV Program

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      The TV program "The Doctors" did a segment about our story today. You can go to "The Doctors" website to watch the video. Here is the link to our story.
      http://www.thedoctorstv.com/articles/2742-risks-of-medical-school-loans

    4. GoFundMe Website for those who would like to contribute

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      We have been asked by so many people if there was a way for them to donate to help pay off these student loans. Here is a link to a website called GoFundMe. http://www.gofundme.com/caaa4c
      Our story was not intended to solicit donations, but people have asked, so some friends and family members created this opportunity for those would would like to help. And please repost this when you get it. Thank you!

      Click here to support Grieving parents to pay loan by Steve Mason

      THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM AN ARTICLE BY BLAKE ELLIS ON CNNMONEY ABOUT THIS CAUSE. TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CLICK HERE. IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE DO. EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR MAKES A DIFFERENCE. **** When his 27-year old daughter Lisa died suddenly of liver failure five years ago, Steve Mason...

    5. Free Tuition

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week. SHARE if the US should follow Germany's lead! Please repost this and sign our petition (even if you've signed it before, the more signatures the better)
      US Uncut
      All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week. SHARE if the US should follow Germany's lead!

      German universities scrap all tuition fees | The Times

      All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge. "Tuition fees are socially unjust," said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, which scrapped charges in 2012.

    6. Reached 200,000 signatures
    7. Film

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the link for people to buy the video, along with a link that will allow you to follow Educaution 101.

      www.createspace.com/406807

      You can follow Educaution 101 on Facebook at ...

      www.facebook.com/Educaution101

    8. Video

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Ben Bhatti
      20 mins · Edited ·
      PLEASE HELP PASTOR MASON!!! EDUCAUTION Films is joining forces with Pastor Mason who's story was featured on CNN, Fox, and other major news outlets to bring change to the student loan industry. A link to his story is below. Pastor Mason's daughter died unexpectedly and he had to take his orphaned grandchildren and assume her student loans which quickly ballooned from $100k-$200K and decimated his savings and financial well-being. Getting an education should NOT have this effect on you or your family! Please use the link below to purchase a copy of "eduCAUTION." We will send you a copy of our film and use a portion of the proceeds to help Pastor Mason and other families in his situation. PLEASE HELP EDUCAUTION HELP PASTOR MASON!!!!!!! Steve Mason David Esfeh http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/06/california-couple-struggling-after-being-forced-to-pay-deceased-daughters/

      California couple struggling after being forced to pay deceased daughter's student loans

      A California couple is speaking out after they say their finances have been devastated over their daughter's student loan debt, which they are being forced to repay after the woman died unexpectedly four years ago. Steve and Darnelle Mason's 27-year-old daughter Lisa died suddenly from a liver disease, leaving behind three children.

    9. Reached 150,000 signatures
    10. Here is the first segment of our time on Fox's The Daily Helpline

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer
      The Daily Helpline, Ft. DeVon Franklin, Act 1

      Make sure you like, comment and subscribe. We'll be putting out Full Episodes and Episode Playlists the day after they air. Join the conversation using #DailyHelpline Check us out online at: www.thedailyhelpline.com facebook.com/thedailyhelpline twitter.com/dailyhelpline instagram.com/dailyhelpline If you of someone you know is suffering from any emotional, relationship or addiction issues please reach out.

    11. Here is the second segment of our time on Fox's The Daily Helpline

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer
      The Daily Helpline, Ft. DeVon Franklin, Act 2

      Make sure you like, comment and subscribe. We'll be putting out Full Episodes and Episode Playlists the day after they air. Join the conversation using #DailyHelpline Check us out online at: www.thedailyhelpline.com facebook.com/thedailyhelpline twitter.com/dailyhelpline instagram.com/dailyhelpline If you of someone you know is suffering from any emotional, relationship or addiction issues please reach out.

    12. Reached 50,000 signatures
    13. Darnelle & I will be onThe Daily Helpline on Fox this Tuesday, August 19.

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Darnelle and I will be on Fox's The Daily Helpline this Tuesday, August 19. If you are in Southern California you can watch the show on Channel 13 at noon PST. The Guest host is DeVon Franklin, the Producer of the movie "Heaven Is For Real".

    14. Reached 10,000 signatures
    15. Request

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Please consider emailing your congressmen and senators requesting that private student loans be allowed to be discharged in bankruptcy. Also ask that loans be forgiven whenever the primary borrower dies. You should also google Christopher's Law, a bill introduced to the House of Representatives that addresses the issues we all face with our student loans. Thank you.

    16. Reached 7,000 signatures
    17. Thursday on FOX TV

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Darnelle & I will be on “America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum.” tomorrow morning, Aug. 7th, at approximately 9:35am EST.

    18. Reached 6,000 signatures
    19. Video Link

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Here’s the link to the Inside Edition story. It’s really brief. Their average Inside Edition story is between one and two minutes long …

      http://www.insideedition.com/videos/2912-parents-face-mountain-of-debt-after-daughters-tragic-death

      Parents Face Mountain of Debt After Daughter's Tragic Death

      When their 23-year-old daughter tragically died, the Masons were saddled with $100,000 in student loan debt. Watch the couple tell their story to INSIDE EDITION.

    20. Reached 5,000 signatures
    21. Church Website - oasisweb.org

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

      Some of the signers of our petition have questions about our church. You can go to our church website at www.oasisweb.org. You can read about our history and watch videos of our sermons on our website if you are interested.

    22. Reached 4,000 signatures
    23. Wow, our story was discussed in a hearing by Senator Elizabeth Warren today

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer
      Grieving parents drowning in $200,000 student loan debt receive relief

      Steve Mason and his wife Darnelle have been struggling to pay their daughter's six-figure student loan debt ever since she passed away five years ago -- and now they are starting to get some much needed relief.

    24. Reached 2,500 signatures
    25. FOX TV Interview

      Steve Mason
      Petition Organizer

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ivory Gibson WEST PALM BEACH, FL
      • about 3 hours ago

      This should be a no brainer. If someone passes, the debt to bring themselves up in the world then brings the family down. Banks should forgive loans such as education. Many European countries offer free college to their citizens because they know it will only improve the country as a whole to have more intelligent people. How are we expected to be in the top 3 world powers for long if we continue our capitalistic ways?

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    • ganet ping SAN LEANDRO, CA
      • about 9 hours ago

      I believe in forgiveness.

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    • Elaine Coates ST LOUIS, MO
      • about 10 hours ago

      I also have an huge amount of debt in student loans, and don't want to pass that on.

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    • Dawn Hamblin OAKFORD, UNITED STATES
      • about 22 hours ago

      Student loans are the only debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy

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    • Lea Angeles LA TRINIDAD, PHILIPPINES
      • 1 day ago

      I can't say I know the feeling because I haven't experienced the one you have now but my feelings fall for the rise of prices of our basic commodities. Many of us can no longer afford to buy simple things or manage their own business because of financial constraints. Just saying, with you having the kids and being at your retirement age, I believe it is high time that the government make considerations regarding this matter. I support this cause for a variety of reasons. God bless you and I'll be praying for you all. :)

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