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Anne Helen Petersen
Senior Culture Writer / Western Correspondent, . DMs open. Tell me my next story: anne.helen.petersen@buzzfeed.com
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John Thornton Jr. Feb 10
I've been thinking about 's piece since yesterday. Something that stands out to me is the way that the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program represents the "redemptive view" as I describe it in the piece she links to.
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @margwarett
Towards forgiveness for people in who believe they’re enrolled in PSLF (you need 120 payments to count)
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @annehelen
The successful strategies to get payments to count = treating calling FedLoan like it’s a part-time job; contacting AG’s office to perform audit. But again: if you’re not on that countdown clock, they’re not counting
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @annehelen
Someone asked me if his early payments were counting. Another asked if paying extra each month made payments not count. FedLoan didn’t respond to inquiries, but both of those things disqualified payments for multiple respondents to my debt survey, and experts say they’re common
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @annehelen
Not in FedLoan? They’re not counting. I hate how many emails and messages are from people who didn’t realize this. (Here’s the original piece: )
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Quick note about my student loan piece - I’m getting some emails concerned about whether payments are counting. I’m in no way an expert, but if your “payments til forgiveness” count is going down in FedLoan, that seems to be the ONLY way to know for sure they’re counting
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @EDAnalyst
We’re correcting this now. Meant to suggest that it happened with private loans but you’re right, I missed it in the final draft.
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @AnActualWolf
BOOOOOOOOOOO
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @annienavar
It’s so hard to articulate, I know so well.
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @everybody_cares
I can only imagine how frustrating that is. I’m so sorry.
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @SwaddleN64
You are so not alone
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Karolina Waclawiak Feb 9
One of the worst things about student loans — aside from massive monthly payments — is how ashamed you feel about having bought into the idea of education at all costs. 's piece is a must read even if you don't acutely understand that shame:
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Cheryl Strayed Feb 9
My husband & I were both buried in student loan debt well into our 40s (we both grew up poor/working class with families who couldn’t/didn’t contribute any $ to our college educations). This is an illuminating piece about the ever-growing problem & why it should matter to us all.
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Wrote a bit about the process of synthesizing a lot of personal stories and historical context into my student debt piece:
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Emily Feb 9
As a former financial aid counselor, this was a fascinating read. We always counseled students to be extremely cautious about Public Student Loan Forgiveness and to not assume it was a sure thing 😬 Pretty messed up that the program is so vague, unclear, and unreliable.
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @libbyanelson
Absolutely agree that people who don't finish college are a far more significant part of the story here — and voices aren't often shared, in part because of the retributive view re: debt. "You should've worked harder to finish"
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @KarenLeick
Still waiting for the ultimate takedown of that immoral program
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @libbyanelson
Maybe I'm misreading your point here — there's a ton in there about how this affects undergraduates? Half the testimonials in there are from people with exclusively undergraduate loans. It's just that the people with graduate loans were specific about their programs
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Anne Helen Petersen Feb 9
Replying to @hors_doeuvre
He's no longer the ombudsman! (Blame Mulvaney!)
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Lydia Kiesling Feb 9
I signed up for this at the recommendation of and while it has not purchased me a home I have saved $200 I did not think was savable. If you sign up both you and I will get five bucks. This is not sponcon, I'm just mercenary.
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