Poverty in Plain Sight: Student Loans a Gift and Burden
MOBERLY - National student loan debt now exceeds credit card debt across the country, and while the burden can be heavy for some, it is also a necessary path to a better life for others.
Sam Ingebritson is a mother, a worker, and a student. She is attending Moberly Area Community College (MACC) while pursuing a nursing degree, and says that despite the personal tax it takes to work two jobs, take care of her kids, and go to school on loans, she wouldn't have it any other way.
She will graduate this year, and says her nursing degree, and the student loan debt that comes with it, will make all those facets of life that are now difficult much easier.
There are 5,500 students in the MACC system, and the school says that every student receives some form of financial aid from either the state or federal government.
The school says that students graduate with an average of $6,700 in debt and have to repay their loans at a rate of around $230 a month.
"Most people say, 'oh I can't do it for this reason or that'. But really...you can do it. You just have to work at it," Ingebritson said.