Trivia Game Pays Off Avon Man’s Student Loans

Trivia Game Pays Off Avon Man’s Student Loans


(MIKE) A MAN IN AVON HAD THE DAY OF A LIFETIME — ALL OF HIS STUDENT LOAN DEBT WAS WIPED OUT. IT’S ALL THANKS TO AN PHONE APP. NEWS 8’S ERIC FELDMAN EXPLAINS HOW THIS ALL HAPPENED. ((ERIC FELDMAN, REPORTING)) ((NATS)) INSIDE THE BACK OF THIS TRUCK… IS A LIFE-CHANGING OVERSIZED CHECK FOR RON GILES. HE WENT TO IU…AND GOT HIS MASTERS IN HUMAN RESOURCES. THAT WAS MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO. HE NOW WORKS AS A RECRUITER FOR WALGREENS CORPORATE — AND STILL HAD ABOUT 50- THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT. (( / : YOU’RE TRYING TO PLAN AHEAD WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO IN TWO YEARS WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO IN FIVE YEARS? KIDS? VACATIONS AND ALL THAT STUFF AND IT’S LIKE THAT STUFF IS ALWAYS ON THE BACKBURNER BECAUSE YOU’RE LOOKING AT THAT BIG AMOUNT YOU WANT TO GET PAID OFF ((07:33:04-16)) )) THE FEDERAL RESERVE SAYS MORE THAN 44 MILLION AMERICANS ARE IN THE SAME BOAT AS GILES. AND IT IS NOT CHEAP. THE FED ESTIMATES THE AVERAGE DEBT IS 32-THOUSAND DOLLARS… AND THE AVERAGE MONTHLY PAYMENT IS NEARLY 400 DOLLARS. (( / :IT JUST IS ALWAYS SO STRESSFUL BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU PAY A CERTAIN AMOUNT EACH MONTH AND IT ONLY SEE IT GO DOWN A LITTLE ((07:32:57-03)) )) GILES SAYS HE STARTED PLAYING THE TRIVIA GAME GIVLING ON HIS PHONE BECAUSE HE ENJOYS TRIVIA GAMES…AND WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE GET THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEBT PAID OFF. BUT HE NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE HIS TURN. BY PLAYING ENOUGH AND SOME GOOD LUCK — GIVLING HAS ERASED NEARLY 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN STUDENT LOANS FOR MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE. WE TALKED TO A STUDENT LOAN EXPERT IN TOWN. HE SAYS YOU SHOULDN’T BANK ON A GAME LIKE THIS TO GET YOUR LOANS PAID… BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE MORE SURPRISING WAYS TO GET IT DONE.

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