Yep, I’m finally free of the (modest) burden of student-loan payments, now that I’ve paid off the $6,600 I racked up in grad school.
To finance my $30,000 year-long program (2008-2009), I sold my car, cashed in unused vacation from my job and used a good bit of savings. The loan was what was left.
I know it’s nothing compared to what a lot of students face these days.
It’s just a little taste — but I’ve had my fill.
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.