That student loan, so hard to shake

Most people struggling to pay off their student loans keep quiet about it. They do not want to acknowledge that, perhaps in a fit of naïve, youthful optimism, they borrowed more than they could handle. Then there is Alan Collinge, who for years has described his struggle with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt to anyone who will listen. He has appeared on “60 Minutes” criticizing Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest student lender, and has been quoted in the pages of this and other newspapers attacking loan companies. “I’m sort of the complaint box for the industry,” says Mr. Collinge, who runs a Web site called out of his spartan apartment here.

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(The New York Times)

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