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 studentdebtcrisis.org. “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.