Our Student Loans Secret: Nathan’s Story


When I graduated from high school and decided
to go to college, I almost purely made my decision based on the the name of the school
or the prestige associated with it. Fast forward four years later, and I graduated
with close to $180,000 in student debt. Even at that time though, that number didn’t
feel real. It was just so large that I couldn’t comprehend
it. It really started to sink in though when I
started working full time, and I saw how much of my paycheck had to go to paying off those
loans. And then overnight my loans dropped from $180,000
to $30,000. My mom suffered from a brain hemorrhage that
was caused by gliosarcoma which is a brain cancer. Most of my loans were in a parental-plus loan,
and at that point we qualified for total disability discharge. My mom likes to joke about it now that anyone
can get out of their student debt if they’re only willing to trade one of their parents. I’m glad she’s got a good sense of humor about
it, but it’s really hard for me. I have this huge weight lifted off of my shoulders,
but I had to more or less trade it for personal tragedy. I have a freedom afforded to me that most
of my friends don’t, but I don’t really want it. At this point I’d rather have that huge financial
strain back if it would just return my mother to her health so I would not have to watch
her suffer.

2 comments on “Our Student Loans Secret: Nathan’s Story”

  1. Jen Sanchez says:

    Ouch- its once you get the bill in the mail that you realise how much it's really costing you. I feel bad for this guy, I hope his mom is in better health, sometimes I think all that stress weighing down on folks is what cause them to get sick

  2. Nick Herman says:

    Only in America.

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