How I Plan to Crush $50,000 of Student Debt In 2 Years

A couple of days ago while I was reviewing my class schedule for this semester, it suddenly dawned on me that my college education will have to be paid for someday. Student debt is not something I want to carry with me throughout life. I wasn’t one of the lucky ones who received scholarships (I was too lazy to apply for them), and I’ll be the one responsible for paying those loans off.

How will I possibly pay off $50,000 of debt in a couple of years?

Well, my plan is as follows:

  1. Get a job in my field immediately after (or before) graduating.
  2. Find a side hustle that will generate supplemental income
    • The possibilities with this are endless. It all depends on what I’m interested in at the time and where I’ll be living. I might drive for Uber on the weekends. Maybe I’ll do wedding videography, or perhaps I’ll craft wooden bicycles? Regardless of what I do, that extra income will be essential for me to afford a somewhat decent lifestyle while paying off my debt.
  3. Live in a low-cost-of-living area
    • Thankfully I already do, but I’ll still look around to see my other options.
  4. Use most of my income to pay off debt.
    • This is by far the most challenging one, but I’m already implementing budgeting techniques even though I hardly make any money right now as a college student, and I don’t see this being an issue.

Does this mean I’ll be living off rice and beans and sacrificing my social life for a while?

Most definitely.

But what’s the alternative? Let’s look at the side-by-side comparison:

Student Debt Loans Chart

So if I chose to neglect my student debt by only paying the minimum each month for 25 years, I’d end up paying $36,000 more! Not only that, but that debt would hover over me for an additional 23 years. At least after the 2 years of extreme frugality is done, I can begin to build my net worth.  Otherwise, I’d have to wait 25 years.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a couple of years of sacrifice over an entire lifetime of worry and financial stress, any day of the week.

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2 comments

  1. There’s nothing wrong with rice and beans 🙂
    That fact that you’re thinking ahead about debt repayment is HUGE. So many people don’t even look at their loan balances until after graduation! Being in a low cost of living area is so so important; reducing fixed expenses are going to make a big difference. Best of luck!

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