Inbox: Unfair Interest on School Loans I am writing about a comment, "Proud to Pay," in the "Inbox" section of January's Leader. I am a recent graduate of a master's program. Laura Belinger's comment—that it could be assumed that I am looking for a handout with close to $100,000 in debt post-master's and bachelor's—angered me. I ... Inbox
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Inbox: Unfair Interest on School Loans
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Inbox: Unfair Interest on School Loans
The ASHA Leader, April 2013, Vol. 18, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.18042013.3
The ASHA Leader, April 2013, Vol. 18, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.18042013.3
I am writing about a comment, "Proud to Pay," in the "Inbox" section of January's Leader. I am a recent graduate of a master's program. Laura Belinger's comment—that it could be assumed that I am looking for a handout with close to $100,000 in debt post-master's and bachelor's—angered me. I had assistance at the undergraduate and graduate level, and I was still left with this massive debt. I am happy with my choice and am working in a profession I love. However, if there is a way to help me pay off my debt, I thank you for sharing the information in the Leader. I have interest rates of up to 8 percent on some of my loans, and this is what disgusts me. I will pay back my loans and I am not complaining about paying them back—I borrowed the money so I could do what I love. What upsets me is the high interest behind my loans. One can get a mortgage for 3.75 percent but my education is costing me double! I would like to rebut Laura Belinger and state that I am not looking for a handout, but when one's loans with interest reach almost $1,000 a month, an individual will hope for change and perhaps help during this time.
Melissa Donovan
Clinton, N.J.
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