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

//

 

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.

——————————-

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

Related Posts

Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity)   Mildred’s Lane is a 93-acre, wildish site deep in the woods of rural northeastern Pennsylvania on the border of New York State. It is an ongoing collaborative involvement with my fellow artist and friend, Mark Dion, our son Grey Rabbit Puett, along with our like-minded friends and colleagues ...
The Observatory of the Bereaved: Unbinding the Imaginary in Eurasian Borderlands In locales where the resources are scarce and the imperial-colonial configurations more complicated than in the West-East or North-South dichotomies, the politics of physical survival and the politics of servility towards the criminal state unfortunately dominate. There are no recipes against this, ...
New York Arts Practicum New York Arts Practicum is a summer arts institute where participants experientially learn to bridge their lives as art students into lives as artists in the world. The program is structured around apprenticeships with mentor artists, a critique seminar where participants produce work without acce...
Happy Asexual Meets DSM   Overmedicalization, as every feminist, queer, and disability scholar knows, is a cornerstone of oppression. Yet traditional critiques of medicalization also have oppressive effects. For one thing, they typically fail to challenge stigma against sick people, preferring instead to simply move ...

Social Text Collective

Social Text is a journal.