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When thinking of a career path should I have how much debt I will be in after college in mind?

Updated Edgewater, Florida

I want to work for a volunteer organization or other low profitable jobs, but I also want to get a college degree. I'm just wondering if it would be smarter/worth it to wait a few years after college before going into a low profitable career because of money? #international-affairs #money-management #financial-aid I am a triplet and also have two brothers so money is not in abundance. #college #scholarships #debt #student-debt #loans #student-loans

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Sabrina’s Answer


Hello Taylor. The answer is 100% yes! I'm speaking from the prospective of a college graduate and advisor. Accordingly to The Hill, America is expected to be $1.5 trillion dollars in student loan debt by 2018. And most recent graduates are overwhelmed by their debt. Below I listed ways to avoid this form happening to you. Try not to take out loans unless you truly have to. There are many scholarships available. Scholarships take a lot of time, so while you're waiting, get to work. Nothing is stopping you from applying to non-profits now. There organizations like the YMCA who are more than happy to hire dedicated, hardworking college students. Once you're a college student, you can use the college's career center. Good luck!

Sabrina recommends the following next steps:

  • Work part-time while in school or work full time during the summer.
  • Go to your local library to check out books on scholarships.
  • Apply for financial aid options using FAFSA, https://fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Research careers and their salaries using the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov.
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