The Most Depressing Student Loan Stories

depressing student loan stories
depressing student loan stories

By Mandi Woodruff

With total student loan debt long past the $1 billion mark, activists are doing all they can to put as many faces on the crisis as possible.

Their mission is simple: To convince Congress student loan debt should be dischargeable through personal bankruptcy.

"We want the world and our leaders in Washington to see these are not just numbers on a piece of paper," says Robert Applebaum, co-founder of "These are real people struggling day to day with student debt."

Through the end of September, Applebaum's site is running a video challenge asking borrowers to submit their student loan horror stories. Each video is then ranked by viewers.

View the top nine in the gallery below.