What parents need to tell teens about student loans

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  • katy salt lake city, ut
    July 15, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    There are still young people going to college who work at minimum wages part time while going to school and full time in the summer so when they graduate their school debt is manageable. The huge debt many students face when they graduate is a heavy burden to carry. They need to take responsibility for their schooling BEFORE graduating. It is possible. Some use what free time they have to party instead of keeping their school loans as small as possible. High school students who work hard and attend their classes faithfully are often able to find scholarships to help with college tuition. Also they have to be realistic and choose colleges that are affordable.

  • Lindsay Payson, UT
    July 7, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Students should know they have to pay this money back. It is annoying when they are surprised when the loan payments come due. You borrowed it, you pay for it, period. But this needs to be brought up on the front end, not when the loans are due. Then maybe they won't borrow more than they need to pay for Playstations and clothes, like my brothers friend did. They will garnish your social security money for repayment, although you really should on plan to pay this money back sooner than when you retire.

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    July 6, 2013 6:12 p.m.

    Hmm... I told my three children that I would beg borrow and steal to pay for their undergraduate education at the best public university they could get into (and they must finance their own post-graduate educations). I did just that, and now all are gainfully employed; two are successful engineers and one is an IT executive. Where did I go wrong?

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:31 p.m.


    A partisan argument generally ignores the historical facts. Both parties are very capable of mismanaging the federal budget.

    But this article was about education. Uneducated people are LESS productive, make LOWER salaries on average, and pay fewer taxes than educated people. They also place a greater social and welfare burdens on our communities and nation.

    Government support of education and vocational training makes sense, it is a prudent investment for the American taxpayer to invest in America's young people. We need to keep the pathway to success open for ALL, because ALL need to contribute to paying down the debt that accumulates during military and economic struggles. But few politicians want to tell Americans to study and work harder.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 4, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    Wrong! In today's America its not politically correct for anyone to pay for their own education. In today's America its proper to force others to support you for life; free healthcare, free housing, free food, free cell phones, free birth control pills, free abortions, free everything! Now, if we could just figure out a way to pay for it all!!! Wait! we can just keep voting for Democrats and borrowing from our grandchildren and generations unborn! So easy to be selfish and greedy, isn't it?

  • UTAttorney Salt Lake, UT
    July 4, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    Student loans are an important tool in financing an education. Most people don't know about the many programs thst the Department of Education has for helping people to lower their payments after they graduate and start paying the loans back. But since the programs are government-run, the red tape required to apply is confusing and complicated. That's why some attorneys, like me, help people to qualify for the lowest payment possible.