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What’s your Student Debt Story?
Student Debt Story:
I am a 30 something married woman who thought I was doing everything right. I went to college to further along my education to get a better job, But now days I regret going. I feel shamed and disgusted with myself for getting in this position. Anytime I try to talk about it nobody ever believes me about the struggle that it is to live with this kind of burden. I took out around 70,000 worth of loans to attend college, I’ve been paying on those loans for nine years and I somehow now owe a $157,000. I can barely afford to go to the dentist or the doctor, I sure can’t afford to go on vacation, anytime there’s an emergency I have to rely on credit cards or retired parents. Not only am I mentally suffering with this debt on my shoulders, but I feel like no one understands the pressure that comes along with it. I feel alone, and I feel like I have no voice. I can never talk about student loans to friends or family because they just judge me “Why did you take out so much“ “don’t you know how to do math”
“What do you expect the government to do”
I’m so sick of hearing these kind of questions and I’m sick of not being able to enjoy life. At this point, I feel like I am living at poverty level and would have been better off not going to college. I don’t feel like I’m ever going to be able to buy a house or even save money. I feel so trapped under Navient’s thumb, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to enjoy life again.