Benjamin Kessler, 27, financed some of the $150,000 he borrowed for graduate school with loans from alumni at his university, the Huffington Post reports. Can former students help solve the student loan crisis? That's the reasoning behind a new loan initiative launched last year at Stanford University, one of the nation's most elite and expensive colleges, where undergraduate tuition is now $40,050.A handful of Stanford alumni created SoFi, a company that funds student loans with investments from alumni. The company is based on the peer-to-peer lending model popularized by microfinance organizations and websites like Kickstarter.com. SoFi grew out of a...

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