You think you’re an adult until your first student loan payment comes along and hits you like a brick. But for what it’s worth, you’re not alone. Everyone’s happy to talk about their college experience, but no one wants to talk about how they paid for it… and are still paying for it. Elite Daily’s Leave Me A Loan tackles what’s really going on behind the scenes with student loans — how we got them, how we’re paying for them, and what resources have helped us along the way. Everyone has a story, but you don't have to let your loan provider tell yours.

I Owe $18K In Student Loans For The Degree I Never Got

By Alexandria Spriggins
It was always a given that I would go to college. I didn’t know which one — I didn’t even know what I’d major in — but I knew that four short years after graduating from high school, I’d graduate from college. I was only partially correct. While I…

My Student Loan Debt Is Ruining My Life & My Relationships

By Jessica Buck
For anyone that has gone to college, thought about going to college, done any research on college, or knows someone who has been to college, you can relate when I say student loans are the bane of my existence. They’re always running around in the…

My Student Loans Were Forgiven For My Disability, But It's Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

By Esme Mazzeo
My family doesn’t yell. Sometimes we argue, and we are good at sarcasm, but fights hardly ever get loud. When I got the option to have my student loans discharged for disability, I remember all of the yelling as my family and I fought over whether I…

This Expert's Real-Life Advice About Paying Down Her Student Loans Will Inspire You

By Hannah Golden
Whether you've already been through college or are staring down that first semester, you're probably no stranger to the concept (or reality) of the dreaded student loan. These loans have burdened millions of young Americans with bills for hundreds…

Donating My Eggs To Pay My Student Loans Gave My Degree New Meaning

By Lena Papadopulous
I was in the bathroom stall, eye-level with a cleverly placed advertisement: “Become an egg donor. $6-8K for first-time donors.” As a graduate student in debt, the offer was tempting, but not tempting enough. At least, not then. Several years later,…

Working Your Way Through School IRL Is About Way More Than Just Hustle

By Lilli Petersen
It’s 2019, and us millennials are just starting to get the hang of this #adulting thing. And so of course, we’re all thinking about the universal albatross around our necks — namely, student debt. When I say that I paid for college while I was still…