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Elderly mother stuck with dead son's student loans

Posted: November 30, 2012 |   Comments

(NEW YORK) -- Three years after her son's death, a 61-year-old Michigan woman is still on the hook for his student loans -- and a petition she started now has nearly 200,000 signatures demanding the companies forgive the loans and change their policies.

Jermaine Edwards went to college to study music production, and his mother, Ella Edwards, agreed to cosign his student loans to help him attend school. However, Jermaine died of natural causes in 2009 at age 24, leaving his mother responsible for the loans.

"That's when American Education Services (AES) and National Collegiate Trust (NCT) turned my son's dream into a nightmare for me and the two year old son he left behind," Edwards wrote in the petition.

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