Amanda S. of Galveston, Texas
Since getting my Sallie Mae loan I have graduated with my BS in Ocean and Coastal Resource from Texas A&M University at Galveston (Class of 2012 WHOOP!). I then re-enrolled as a graduate student and am now working towards obtaining my Masters in Marine Resource Management. I hold a part-time job while in school working at The Texas Coastal Watershed Program as a Graduate Student Assistant, and when I'm not in school I am allowed to work full time. After graduation I hope to find a job that uses my educational background and allows me to restore or preserve critical coastal habitats such as wetlands, estuaries, and pristine prairies. I continue to stay involved around campus and can't wait until my graduation from the Masters Program in 2014!
My Sallie Mae loan helped me graduate with my BS in Ocean and Coastal Resources with a minor in Economics. Now that I am in Graduate School at Texas A&M University studying Marine Resources Management I have another loan as well as grants and scholarships that help me pay for schooling. The scholarships I have are from The Texas Association of Environmental Professionals, and more recently I was awarded The Seaspace Inc. Scholarship which only awards 12 students every year. Now my two youngest siblings have a few years before college and we will likely turn to Sallie Mae when they need a loan as well.
"In order to make sure you can pay all your bills on time AND have fun, students should put away $20-$50 of each paycheck for ‘fun things’ during the month. This can be used for new clothes, movies, going out to eat, or you can save up over many months to buy something big. In order to make sure all my payments are made on time I selected automatic debit for my Sallie Mae loan interest repayment."