New podcast: Accessing student loan relief now

By Amy Potthast.


Take it from us, kid: it's never too early to start thinking about financing your education. (Philippe Put, Flickr/Creative Commons)

Do you have student loans? Are you thinking about borrowing money for grad school?

The latest episode of the Idealist Grad Schools Podcast takes a closer look at two student debt relief programs established by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The program requirements can be confusing, so I chatted with Heather Jarvis about a step-by-step approach to understanding both programs.

Why Heather? A former capital defense attorney saddled with $125,000 in law school debt, Heather Jarvis now dedicates her expertise to helping student loan borrowers make better decisions so that higher education can be a reality for all – not just those who can afford it.

Learn more. Just as we were editing this show, President Obama announced changes to the way current and future students can repay student loans. Get the details on Heather’s site. And for all of the links mentioned in these episodes, visit

Amy Potthast served as Idealist’s Director of Service and Graduate Education Programs until 2011. Read more of her work at

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Comments (5)

  1. William writes:
    November 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Sooo how do I listen to the podcast?

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    November 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

    help: advise on how to find someone who can co-sign my private student loan for study in the USA. cosignee must be US citizen or non US permanent can email me at or comment here. thanks…. i would really appreciate any advice.

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