I dont have any sympathy or respect for someone not paying or trying to default on their student loan. You borrow money, from the government no less, spent it freely on what you needed it for knowing that it would need to be paid back and with interest. Nobody forced you to do it, nobody tricked you and you have an obligation to pay it back.
Any excuse for not, is just an excuse. You should not borrow such a large amount, knowing the risks and amount of leverage you are putting yourself in if you do not have a plan or confidence to pay it back. Blaming circumstance, others or enviornment is just an excuse and an abdication of responsibility.
This last part is soley annecdotal but I have encounted a few people who are having huge issues with paying back or managing the debt from student loans(one im related to and offering financial coaching to). The same people bitch about the goverments debt, corporate bailouts and companies using chapter 11 to avoid paying obligations while CEO's still collect a paycheck. Never do they see the hypocrasy.
Keep in mind I am 4 years removed from college and I will have my student loans paid off in full this November. I made sacrifices to pay them off as fast as I could because I was raised to fulfill my obligations that are self imposed. I actually had to borrow almost 5K from my father when I was 16. It took me 3 years, and despite my father being very wealthy and I working low paying jobs while in school, I paid back every cent. The only reason I had to take student loans in the first place was because I failed out of school, lost my scholarship and had to borrow to get back in and pay for everything since I didnt make enough and didnt want to wait longer to slowly get my degree. On top of 15k+ loans I racked up 10k+ in CC debt for the rest and some bad decisions(havent carried a balance on my cards ever since paying it off).
I NEVER once blamed anyone but myself for the circumstances that lead to my debts and NEVER once asked for help or forgiveness on them or gave an excuse as to why I shouldnt have to pay it back.