"My education has helped me understand a better view of the world. In turn, my education has provided me with a higher self-esteem and confidence to take on new challenges in life. My college experience was nothing short of greatness due to financing that was made available to me via Sallie Mae!"
- Bryan G., Arizona
"Higher education is an extremely important focus in our family. And Upromise plays an important role in helping us save for our children’s future. Whenever I have anything to purchase, I always go to the Upromise website first to see if the retailer is a Upromise partner. I’ve also registered all of my grocery cards and gas cards with Upromise. I take advantage of just about everything that they offer. It's a painless, easy way to save."
- Amy W., Connecticut
"My education has helped me to make good decisions in making money, saving, and spending. I've been able to purchase two properties, pay off all debt (with the exception of my current mortgage, of course) and enjoy many material possessions, activities, and travels."
- Anthony H., Washington
"Even modest savings can quickly add up if you give them enough time to grow… My job requires me to travel, so I book all of my hotel and travel through Upromise. A simple vacation can easily put $40 or $50 in my account. Using Upromise is a win-win college savings tool. The way things are progressing in the world, an undergraduate degree will be the bare minimum required for future jobs. We know our [triplet] girls, who are now nine years old, will more than likely be going to graduate school as well. That’s why saving now for college is so important for their future."
- Sandra W., North Carolina
"I’m a teacher, so when my husband and I got married, we chose our honeymoon based on the deals we found on Upromise. Upromise.com is the first place we look when we plan a trip, book a hotel, or rent a car. Every time I use the Upromise MasterCard® our Upromise earnings increase and go toward repaying my eligible student loans…It’s important to show children that higher education is a priority – and paying for that education is part of the process. Upromise helps you get off to a great start."
- Tanya L., South Carolina
"These loans helped fund a time in my life that I will always cherish and for that I am very thankful that Sallie Mae was there to help me through it."
- Tyler F., Washington
"Earning my degree has helped me be more marketable in my industry. I have learned as much, if not more, about my industry since graduation as I did in school. My time in college taught me social skills, writing skills, working skills, and research skills that have helped me to be successful. It's more valuable to learn how to find answers than to feel you have all the answers."
- Paul B., Kansas
"By the time I'd finished my education, I had two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. Although I work as a military chaplain, I've used my education to publish professionally, and that education has impacted every aspect of my work in the civilian and military sectors. Education is more than just data — it's the ability to think and reason, to adapt and change course, to research independently and to know when your own work needs to be tweaked or rebuilt."
- Matthew S., California
"If it wasn’t for student loans, I would probably still be trying to finish my degree. In the world today, you need a college degree more and more. Otherwise, you more than likely won’t even get your foot in the door for an interview. [Sallie Mae’s default prevention specialists]…were very helpful and able to lower my payments until I could get some of my debt from my medical bills paid off. Don’t ignore your student loan obligations. My experience has been that the people at Sallie Mae are always willing to work with you and help. But you need to be up-front and honest with them. Student loans are a responsibility."
- Shawn W., Ohio