'Student Loan Doctor,' who has saved millennials millions, leads free workshop on student debt

Antionette Lee
December 10, 2018 - 12:51 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 44 million Americans are facing the burden of a combined $1.5 trillion in outstanding student loan debt. 

A recent Apartment List study also found that nine out of 10 millennial renters want to purchase a home, but it's not in the near future for them because of their student debt.

One local woman, however, has been making national headlines for saving millennials millions, and this week, she's hosting a free event.

Sonia Lewis, the self-proclaimed "Student Loan Doctor," understands that education came with a hefty price tag for many of us, so her free workshop, titled "Student Loans: Home Buying, Forgiveness and The Credit Score," is here to help.

"This will be really beneficial for someone that's thinking about repayment, someone that's thinking about homebuying, someone that's working for a nonprofit or thinking about working for a nonprofit, recent college grads — I love to see them getting a head start," she said.

Even if you don't have student loan debt yourself, Lewis said many parents participate in the workshop to look out for their children.

"I've had people say, 'You know what, my daughter does (have debt) and I know she wasn't going to be able to make it so I'm here for her.' If it resonates with you or your family and friends, then you should be in the room." 

The student loan expert has already helped more than 10,000 people save millions of dollars, so whether you're in repayment or not, she said to come with a notebook and pen in hand, ready to learn. 

"You don't have to charge for general information — it's my belief," she added. "It can be that thing people need to apply the information on their own."

Lewis said this event is just a kickoff for the several informational webinars and events planned for 2019.

"If you can't get your life together after any of these events, then I don't know how to help you," she laughed.