Student loan counselor Taunya Kennedy knows what its like to be overwhelmed by debt. The 45-year-old single mother has a mortgage and credit card balance, and still shoulders her own college loans after years of postponing payments.
On top of working full time for the nonprofit credit-counseling agency Money Management International, Kennedy earns extra income by teaching health, wellness and fitness classes in the suburb south of Chicago where she lives with her teenage son.
Her own struggles, and her experience giving honest advice to hundreds of student loan holders, fuel Kennedys frustration with companies that prey on the most vulnerable borrowers among the 44 million people with education debt.
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