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Crystal worked her way through college. Now in her thirties, she is a UW Law School graduate, a member of the armed forces, a mother, and a cancer survivor. She says beating cancer was difficult, but not as difficult as paying off her student loans.


Kira decided to stay in Madison, Wisconsin after graduating with close to $60,000 in student loan debt. She has dreams of being a foster parent and serving the community with public service, but that debt may hold her back.


Saul had a great start at the University of Wisconsin, but when his tuition jumped and he couldn't afford it he dropped out and joined the U.S. Army. While serving our country in Afghanistan, he had to make sure that his student loans were paid.


Miles attended one of the poorest high schools in Milwaukee before getting accepted to one of the greatest universities in the world, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now, he has another obstacle to overcome: massive student loan debt.


Student loan borrowers have done the right thing — working hard to get their education or job training and taking on the personal responsibility of paying for it. But $1.3 trillion in student loan debt is standing between them and a fair shot at the middle class. We need to get serious about real, common sense reforms to treat these hard working borrowers fairly before the crisis becomes a full-blown economic catastrophe.

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