Loan forgiveness was meant to help me get out of debt. It did the opposite | Andrea Moore | Opinion

Loan forgiveness was meant to help me get out of debt. It did the opposite | Andrea Moore | Opinion

Nov, 14th 2016

How did a program designed to help public servants confine me to what feels like indefinite servitude?

Debt: $120,000+

Source: Student loans

Estimated Years Until Debt-free: Unknown

I graduated from grad school in 2008, the year of the global financial crisis. Known for punctuality, Sallie Mae, congratulated me on my graduation and recent engagement with a letter informing me that my monthly payment of nearly $900 would be due just in time for the holidays.

I grieved over the thought of making these payments. Then I acknowledged the immensity of my debt, wiped my tears and sent our wedding guests the equivalent of a breakup text: wedding cancelled. No explanation, no sign of...

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