I took out a $30,000 student loan to pay for undergrad. That was after I got a "full scholarship"... becuase apparently in financial aid speak that means that a chunk of money comes from loans. When I signed the agreements, I didn't quite realize what I was getting into, and year after year I was required to take out more loans to stay in school. I thought I'd be able to pay it off right after college, you know, with some job... but that turned out to be much harder than I thought it would be. I learned to read the fine print, and not to trust universities or banks.
I am a grantwriter for a group of artists who have found a way to pay me.
To make my debt payments each month, I have to avoid paying for anything like a studio or materials. I scrape by.