I am an undergraduate student at the University of Memphis in the United States.
I am working toward my Masters in Public Administration and an MBA in Business Administration.
I have an amazing job and an amazing family.
However, I have never had to repay any of my loans or repay any money I earned in graduate school.
I also have no credit history and am not on any credit cards.
So I started a GoFundMe campaign for my college loans in hopes of raising enough money to pay for the remaining debt.
Since the campaign launched on March 10, more than $17,000 has been raised.
I’ve had the support of over 150 people, mostly friends and family, and have received many comments from fellow students.
“It’s very difficult to get out of debt,” said Myron Breslin, a student at Emory University.
“The more money you have, the easier it is to get your life back on track.
For me, debt is a burden.
I feel that it is a curse.
It makes it difficult for me to pursue my dreams and help people when they are struggling financially.”
I’ve also received a lot in messages from other students and friends who are struggling to pay off their loans.
“I was struggling to get into graduate school and I’m really thankful for all the support I have received,” said Emily Jones, a former student at Memphis Baptist University.
Jones received her B.S. in public policy and M.A. in business administration from Emory.
Jones said that in addition to the money raised by the campaign, she has also received numerous messages of support.
“Some of my classmates have been extremely supportive and even offered to make a donation to my GoFundme account,” she said.
“It is a relief to know that everyone has my back.”
Many students say that they feel trapped in their current financial situation because of their lack of debt.
“There is no escaping debt,” Myron said.
He added that many students have struggled with debt throughout their career, but they have never been able to put it all behind them.
“This is the first time that I have had to make this decision, but it’s the only option I have,” Myror said.
In his letter to students, Emory President Robert Morris said, “We are proud to support students and families that are making this difficult decision to pursue their degree and pursue their dreams.”
Morris also wrote that Emory is working to assist students and their families.
“Emory has been working to improve its financial aid process for students by offering students financial assistance during the application process,” Morris wrote.
Emory students and parents have also written letters to the school to voice their concerns.
“We feel like we are at a place where we can no longer trust Emory’s financial aid office to take care of our financial obligations,” Myrundah Bresling said.
Her family recently had to put their life savings in an account to pay down her debts.
Students at Emporia University in Florida have raised more than 6,500 dollars to pay their school loans.
I have no debt, but my student loans are mounting up.
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact: Student Loan Borrower Service: 800-624-3664 Student Loan Relief: 1-800-668-2222 Student Debt Crisis Hotline: 1-(800)662-1342 Debt and Credit Counseling: 800-(800)-662-7222 Student Loan Counseling Services: 800 888-7223