ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Sallie Mae Not: Exposing America’s Student Loan Scam, episode one, Scared to Debt, a six-part documentary series by Michael Camoin, won the Audience Choice Award at the 2021 Whistleblower Summit and Film Festival at The Pillar Awards ceremony held on July 30th. The Pillar is awarded to politicians, community activists, and journalists—including documentary filmmakers, and given on National Whistleblowers Appreciation Day.

The bi-partisan issue of student loans is a hot topic on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, August 3rd, for the first time in 12 years, the Senate Judiciary Committee headed by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) held a full committee hearing on Student Loan Bankruptcy Reform. He opened the hearing recognizing borrowers like Sallie Mae Not’s Linda Navarro, a 71-year-old US Navy Veteran whose $20,000 in student loans ballooned to over $145,000 over 31 years despite making regular payments. Sen Jon Ossoff (D-GA) noted the power of personal testimonials from borrowers while GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) noted how borrowers too often go without proper advisement when making financial decisions. A bill S.2598 was introduced to the Senate called the Fresh Start Through Bankruptcy Act, which would amend the bankruptcy code to allow borrowers to more fairly discharge debt under certain conditions. Borrowers are encouraged to contact their Senators who have until 5:00…

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