The Columbia Chronicle


By Darryl Holliday

October 31, 2011

Jourdan Robles has done everything right.Having graduated from Columbia in December 2010 with a degree in theatre, the 23-year-old newlywed is keeping up with payments when it comes to her student loans.But she’s still approximately $35,000 in debt.When you take into account the student loan debt of her husband, also a Columbia alumnus whose concentration was music business, their joint debt is nearly $60,000.“I think ...

Give debt relief, get votes

By Brianna Wellen

October 31, 2011

Those like me, with insurmountable amounts of debt and a lowermiddle class lifestyle on the horizon, have reason to celebrate.Thanks to President Barack Obama’s new programs, college graduates will now have monthly loan payments of 10 percent of their income rather than 15 percent, and loans will be forgiven after 20 years instead of 25. Not only that, but students who have taken out a mixture of direct federal loans and loan...

Got mo’ money, got mo’ problems

By Brianna Wellen

September 6, 2011

In a decision that was both a practical life-planning move and a terrifying realization, I calculated the total amount of loans I’ve taken out in my college career. It was a lot of money. While I could have been financially smarter in my first years of college—more aggressively seeking scholarships, living off campus, saving a little money—the deed is now done and the next step is figuring out how to pay everything off....

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