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!
This professional 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.