Extend statutes of limitations in university negligence cases for student debtors.

Extend statutes of limitations in university negligence cases for student debtors.

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With rising costs of college tuition, fees and associated living expenses far outpacing year-over-year wage growth in the United States, many students are faced with an alarmingly increasing burden of student debt. This has damaged a significant portion of an entire generation's creditworthiness, hopes of a brighter future, and has unfortunately led to an increased risk of suicide and other mental health issues.

Is it fair that students remain legally liable, facing harsh damage to their credit among other ill effects, for any form of debt incurred in the pursuit of higher education while statutes of limitations conveniently disappear for the institutions that may have treated such students negligently in the pursuit of their educations?

Is this fair considering that any such negligence on the part of their institutions may materially impair their ability to repay that debt by, for example, damaging academic performance and marketability, leading to less fruitful career outcomes?

No, it is not. It is not fair especially considering that for some, the damaging, downstream effects of acts of negligence do not become apparent until much further down the line.

Please sign my petition now: urge members of the House Committee on Education and Labor, your local congresspeople, and representatives at any level to draft and adopt (or support the drafting and adoption) of legislation that will help any student struggling with a postgraduate debt burden hold their institution responsible for acts of negligence that may have occurred during their years of study.

Universal statutes of limitations must be extended such that any wrongfully-treated student should lawfully and feasibly be able to sue an institution for any acts of negligence that occurred during their education for the entire duration that student is legally liable (able to be sued and/or have wages garnished) for their student debt and/or still incurring damage to their credit for that delinquent or written-off student debt. Demand action from your representatives now.

About Me:

My name is John Doe, and, like many millennials, I assumed an incredible amount of debt in the pursuit of higher education. Unfortunately for me, I am stuck holding the bag with increasingly damaging, delinquent student debt (to the order of over six figures) that I have little to no recourse in repaying due to damage to my academic performance stemming from multiple acts of negligence on the part of my alma mater, the University of Miami, refuses to take accountability for.

Due to egregiously unfair statutes of limitations, I have been told many times I have no case against the University, despite the countless calls from student debt creditors, and the damage to my credit, career prospects, happiness, ability to house myself and reputation I have faced downstream of the multiple acts of negligence I have experienced at their greedy, careless hands (read my story here). Asking an institution whose accreditor requires them to uphold the Principle of Integrity to do the right thing has been a fruitless pursuit for me.

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