Dr. Noelle Turner, -$213,000 student loan debt

On April 13, 2013, I interviewed Dr. Noelle Turner, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, at her university, SUNY Brockport. After twelve years of pursuing her college education, Dr. Turner ended up accruing $213,000 in student loan debt. In this interview, she talks about the process of accruing such a large debt, as well as the impact it has had on her life.

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Siena student focus group on student debt (April 17, 2013)

On April 17, 2013, I held one voluntary focus groups with some of my current students at Siena College on the topic of their student loan debt. Here is what they had to say about their current situation in regards to their student loan status, while currently being enrolled as undergraduate students.

Siena student focus groups on April 4, 2013

On April 4, 2013, I held two voluntary focus groups with some of my current students at Siena College on the topic of their student loan debt. Here is what they had to say about their current situation in regards to their student loan status, while currently being enrolled as undergraduate students. Here are both of the focus group videos.

Siena College Faculty Panel on Student Loan Debt

I organized a panel of Siena College faculty on October 24, 2012, to discuss the issue of student loan debt, both personally and politically, from their own disciplinary perspective. The panelists included:
Dr. Laurie Naranch, Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Jesse Moya, Assistant Professor of Adolescent Education
Dr. Mary Jury, Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Mathew Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology

Stephen Pampinella, SUNY Albany PhD candidate on student loans

Capital District Progressive Faculty Caucus (Albany, NY) presented a University in the City discussion on “Student Debt,” on October 14, 2012, featuring SUNY Albany political science doctoral student Stephen Pampinella.┬áThis video is part of the project: http://facingstudentloans.wordpress.com/

Got student loan debt?

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I’ve launched my latest research project–Facing Student Loans: Sentenced to Debt–which aims to collect video interviews with people who have student loan debt (or those who have paid off or escaped somehow). Check out the website for the project here. Please help spread the word to folks who might be interested in participating in this project. For now, I am doing interviews in the Northeast, but would love to be in touch with others who might be further away. More and more people are taking out unsustainable amounts of student loan debt–that they will never be able to pay off–just as the bank intend. Follow this project to find out more information about the growing student loan crisis and how you should avoid falling into the trap. You can also join the facebook page as well.