Making $58,412.10 of Student Debt Disappear into Thin Air

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From artist David Horvitz:

My student debt for a MFA from Bard College is currently $58,412.10. My attempt is to use the internet to get 100,000 people to mail the Sallie Mae corporation (who administers my loans), a check for 58 cents. And that by doing this, the collective activity of these small gestures will not only relieve my debt, but will overwhelm and flood their P.O. box in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you can spare 58 cents, an envelope, and a mailing stamp, please follow the instructions below:

  • Make your 58 cent check or money order payable to:

Sallie Mae – Department of Education Loan Services

  • With the check, include a letter stating my name and this 10-digit account number:

David Horvitz – 9118416183

  • Mail to:

Department of Education

P.O. Box 740351

Atlanta, GA 30374-0351

United States of America

And don’t worry, you are not doing anything wrong. I recently called the 800 number for Sallie Mae:

operator: Thank you for calling Sallie Mae, how can I help you today?

me: Hello. I have two questions.

operator: OK, please ask.

me: First, so it’s okay if someone else mails in a payment for me, right?

operator: Yes, just make sure your account number is clearly written on a letter with the check.

me: OK, and any amount can be sent in? I mean, ANY AMOUNT, right?

operator: Yes, you can send in any amount you’d like. Is there anything else I can help you with today?

me: Thank you very much, that’s all I needed to know.

operator: I’m glad I could be of service today, have a wonderful evening.

me: You too, bye.

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For more information on how to take part in Horvitz’s project, visit his website.

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