Support H.R.4170 - The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012
  • Petitioned Rep. John A. Boehner

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Rep. John A. Boehner

Support H.R.4170 - The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012

    1. Petition by

      Aging With Student Debt

We, the undersigned, fervently urge you to support H.R.4170: The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012, introduced on March 8, 2012 by Rep. Hansen Clarke (MI). And more than support, we encourage you to co-sponsor this important, life-changing bill.

H.R.4170 is a fair repayment plan. This 10-10 plan proposes 10 years of repayment at 10% of the borrower’s discretionary income (discretionary income is defined as 150% of poverty level). At the end of repayment, any remaining balance is forgiven and is not considered taxable income.

For younger borrowers this will afford them the opportunity to better plan for their futures, knowing there is an end in sight, they can manage their student loan payments rather than be enslaved by them.

For older borrowers it means they have the hope of actually repaying their loans before retirement age and not fear garnishments to monthly Social Security checks; for many in this economy SS may be their sole source of income at retirement.

While the word “forgiveness’’ in the title of this bill describes a legal action, the moral implication of the word is inaccurate. Student loan borrowers have done nothing requiring forgiveness. We have fulfilled our side of the social contract and, in return, have become enslaved to a lifetime of debt.

FACT: Since 1980, average tuition for a 4-year college education has increased 827%

FACT: Since 1999, average student loan debt has increased by 511%

FACT: In 2010, total outstanding student loan debt exceeded total outstanding credit card debt in America for the first time ever

FACT: Total outstanding student loan debt now exceeds $1 Trillion

FACT: This debt impacts the lives of individuals of ALL ages. In March 2012, the Federal Reserve Bank of NY released student loan balances by borrowers age:
• Under 30   33.9%   $295 billion
• 30 to 39     32.8%   $285 billion 

• 40 to 49     16.4%   $142 billion 

• 50 to 59     11.3%     $98 billion 

• 60 & over    4.2%      $36 billion 

• Unknown    1.4%      $12 billion

FACT: Consumer protections have been stripped away. Unlike other unsecured consumer loans there is no statute of limitations, these loans cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, nor can they be refinanced. With credit card debt, account holders in good standing often enjoy reduced interest rates—not true of student loans. These debts follower borrowers to their graves.

FACT: Also unlike other unsecured consumer loans, the interest on student loans is capitalized--this practice is exempt from State usury laws. It is these industry practices that make managing payments unreasonable and impossible.

More facts here:

In short, student loan debt has become the latest financial crisis in America and, if we do absolutely nothing, the entire economy will eventually come crashing down again, as it did when the housing bubble popped. Reasonable minds can disagree as to the solutions but they cannot disagree on the existence of this ever-growing crisis, as well as the unsustainable course we're on toward financial oblivion.

As a result of more than 30 years of treating higher education as an individual commodity, rather than a public good and an investment in our collective future, we find:
• Those buried under the weight of their student loan debt are not buying homes or cars
• They are not starting businesses or families 

• They're not investing, inventing, innovating or otherwise engaged in any of the economically stimulative activities that we need all Americans to be engaged in. 

If we're ever to dig ourselves out of the giant hole created by the greed of those at the very top, this must be remedied!

This bill, and the wrongs it proposes to right, is not a political bargaining chip. 
It is not a right vs. left, nor a party issue—it is a human issue!

Please, show us that you are more concerned about the citizens who elected you, and that you swore to represent by upholding the constitution, than you are about enabling those responsible for increasing profits for a corrupt system that continues to oppress millions of student loan borrowers.

We respectfully request that you do the right thing and support H.R.4170.

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    Reasons for signing

      • almost 2 years ago

      Dear Rep. Boehner, I am writing to ask your support for H.R.4170, The Student Loan Forgivness Act of 2012. MY daughter has been paying on her student loan for over 20 years. There were times when she was the sole support for her family and was unable to make regular payments. Of course the inerest at the rate of 7.5% kept growing. Her original loan of 39,000 has now growwn to almost 100,000. Even though she is making payments of about 700 dollars a month , which is all she can afford, she is falling behind by 100 dollars a month. At this rate she will never pay this off and at retirement when she will need her Social Security to live on, she will be in danger of garnishment of these funds!She has been a hard worker and taxpayer her whole adult life and deserves better than this outlook of a bleak future. Please come out in support for H.R4170! Thank you for your interest in this matter.

    • ronald langley COLDWATER, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      My daughter has been dilligently attempting to pay her student loan for 25 years , while raising a small family and full time jobs since her graduation from college with a fine degree. She has been an exemplary worker. S HE HAS SUFFERED MUCH ANXIETY OVER THE YEARS OVER HER LOANS ALONG WITH THE RECENT REAL ESTATE DECLINE. iF ANY ONE DESERVES A BAIL OUT SHE DOES. uNABLE TO PROPERLY FOLLOW THROUGH WITH GIVING HER CHILDREN PROPER SUPPORT FOR THEIR COLLEGE EDUCATIONS DUE TO THE UNFAIR BURDEN OF PAST(OUTDATED AND OVERBLOWN) COLLEGE LOAN DEBT. iS THIS THE AMERICA YOU WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN? Overpriced college education will not work. When my wife and I attended college we heard later after graduation that there were many students who went bankrupt right after they got their degree, so they started out with no debt. THIS WAS UNFAIR TO AN EXTREME, NOW WHY ARE WE GOING TO ANOTHER EXTREME IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. THOSE PEOPLE WHO DID THAT THEN SHOULD BE PAYING NOW, NOT THOSE WHO WORK HARD EVERY DAY TO MAKE A BETTER AMERICA. THIS IS WAY OVERDUE AND NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY AND FAIRLY. THANK YOU.

    • Christina Freds MASON, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      We need help! My student loan debt is a huge burden at $630/month. Unfortunately, we are not even making a dent in the balance as it continues to grow more than the payment that we are making every month. We want to make good on the debt, I just need relief on the capitalized interest and hopefully a lower rate. Due to this ever-mounting debt, I now cannot help my college age children with their education goals. Thank you.


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