In an effort of full disclosure, the subject of this article is the author’s own son. 

Repaying student loans is an ongoing problem, especially in rural Indiana where jobs that require higher education are scarce and many jobs pay minimum wage. However, lack of good jobs is not the only cause for the student loan problems.

Such is the case for John Shank, a former college student who is struggling to make ends meet.

“I graduated high school in 2008,” John said. He started college that fall, but transferred schools after two years because the college did not offer the degree he wanted.

“John did his research to find the right school, so he had my blessings to transfer,” said John’s mother, Jennifer. “We thought all his credits would transfer, but that was just not the case.”

John spent five years attempting to attain a college education; however, when funds ran out, he had to find full time employment and take online courses.

“I didn’t realize how hard it would be to keep up on course work and work a fulltime job.” John had to drop his classes and did not finish his degree.

John says he would do a few things differently, mostly concerning how he financed his education and how he spent the money.

“Not being able to find a job that covers all my bills is a problem. Really understanding about student loan debt would have been helpful.”


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2 thoughts on “Student Loan Debt Not Just A Job Problem

  1. Jenny, I have looked over your website and not only found it very interesting, educational, but very well put together. I am surprised at all the topics you have covered. I’m sure you spent many, many hours working on it. Great job!!!!!

    1. Thanks Barb!
      I really enjoy all the research and writing, not to mention creating the different multimedia elements. Stay tuned for much more to come. I have a large project that will go live on Monday, February 22, 2016. It covers how the blended learning program, The Warrior Academy, is helping Winamac High School students graduate on time, and what the future holds for the program.

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