is a grassroots, citizens organization dedicated to returning standard
consumer protections to student loans. The group was started in
March, 2005, and has focused primarily on research, media outreach, and
grassroots lobbying initiatives.
The group and its members have been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, The
News Hour, CNBC, and many other television programs, print media
including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,
Fortune Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many others as
well as numerous radio and internet broadcasts. The group is also
featured in two documentaries airing and screening in Fall, 2010.
The group was credited as the inspiration for The
Student Borrower Bill of Rights, and has broken numerous news items
in the press with its research findings regarding conflicts
of interest in the student loan system, Student
Debt levels, Default
lobbying, and other areas.
Group Founder Alan Collinge has written numerous articles, and
editorials on the topic, and also published The Student
Loan Scam in 2009. He was selected as one of seven "Financial
Heroes" by CNN/Money Magazine in December 2008.
The group is funded entirely by its members, with a budget that
averages less than
$10,000 per year.