Our daughter died. Her student loans didn’t.

Below is an email from Keith and Michelle Norris, MoveOn members who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.


Dear MoveOn member,

Our daughter Brittani was killed in a tragic and brutal car accident three days before her twenty-third birthday—just a week before her college graduation.

Brittani had dedicated her life to serving people and making people’s lives better. She had her whole life ahead of her.

When Brittani died, she still had student loans to pay off, and for more than three years Citibank demanded repayment from our family. While we grieved, Citibank continued to demand payment, and we struggled to pay these bills monthly.

Tell Citibank to stop trying to collect student debt from grieving families after their child dies.

Our family is lucky. After more than three years of pleading with Citibank, we started an online petition on SignOn.org. With the help of friends, MoveOn, and so many others, our petition spread fast. And once Citibank started to feel public pressure, they called us and agreed to forgive Brittani’s student debt.

But what about all the other families in this situation? No one should have to go through this kind of ordeal. And we know we’re not the only ones who have had this experience with Citibank and other big banks.

Citibank received a taxpayer bailout, while most families get no help when they need it most. Citibank should institute a policy of student loan forgiveness when a student dies and stop going after family members.

Click here to tell Citibank to forgive student debts of young people when they die.

–Keith and Michelle Norris

This petition was created on SignOn.org, the progressive, nonprofit petition site. SignOn.org is sponsored by MoveOn Civic Action, which is not responsible for the contents of this or other petitions posted on the site. The Norris family didn’t pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.

1 thought on “Our daughter died. Her student loans didn’t.”

  1. I mean no disrespect towards the family’s plight by my question. I merely ask it out of curiosity. Did Brittani’s parents co-sign for the student loan that Citibank was trying to reclaim from them?

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