What Student Debt Means to Me

May 20, 2013
By Seth Maloney | 0 comments

Big banks or students?

My name is Kyle, and yesterday I graduated from college. I double-majored in International Affairs and Geography -- my dream is to help build the next generation of sustainable, healthy communities.

But before I get to that, I've got $25,000 in debt to pay off.

I'm not unusual -- thousands of new grads are in the same boat. And unless Congress acts soon, millions of students will see their loan interest rates double -- burying them in debt before they even start their careers.

Sign DFA's petition telling Congress to make college more affordable, not less.  I know I'm lucky. I've studied at one of the best schools in the country, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity.

But I also know what living with this debt will mean for me and my friends. It means having to depend on my parents for basic things like rent. It means feeling guilty about buying a simple cup of coffee. And it means putting dreams of a house, a family, a future, on hold.

Support Sen. Warren's Bill

This is the reality for me and my fellow grads. And if Congress doesn't act, it'll get a whole lot worse for those still in school, or thinking about applying.

Tell Congress: Don't let student loan rates double. 
We literally can't afford it.

Kyle M.
Democracy for America

How much student loan debt do you have? How has it impacted major life choices? Let us know in the comments below.

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