Alicia Lopes

Try coming out of university with 43,000 in debt because you had to take full OSAP for five years of education, this was obviously before the whole grant situation was introduced to prospective students from low-middle income families. Imagine having been graduated from university for 3 years and still have up until you're 37 YEARS OLD to pay off your student debt, this was my estimated pay off time of my loan, THATS MORE THAN TEN YEARS FROM NOW. Imagine being 26 years old and still living with your parents because you cant afford to make your 500 dollar student loan repayment each month AND make rent every month, AND make your car payment AND pay for car insurance (which mind you both these things are very important as it allows me to go to my full time job which aids me in paying off my loan) AND pay for all your other expenses (trust me I've tried it and it didn't work out, I was back living with my parents within a few months because I was struggling to keep my head above the water each month, sometimes only having 4.00 in my bank account at the end of the month). Imagine not even envisioning yourself owning a home one day, not being able to plan for your future, getting into the real estate market? HAHAHAH yea... maybe when I'm 40 and I've paid off my student debt, but who knows what I'm going to do until then. And this isn't about the inability to find jobs, there are tonnes of opportunities if you try hard enough, but most work places just do not pay enough for people with student debt to survive on their own like a normal adult, it's just not possible to survive off of minimum wage, it's hard to even survive off of a $40,000-$45,000/year salary when you have student debt, which is the average salary of someone working a regular office job, and lets face it, a lot of us who went to University are now working an office job, completely unrelated to what we went to school for, because we werent warned when we were 17/18 that this degree your going for is going to be completely useless btw, but we're not going to tell you that because we just want your money :) Honestly, people working in government who aren't concerned about this issue are people who never had to go through it, they're people who had hand outs, who had mommy and daddy pay their full way through university and left university/college with absolutely no debt to their name. Some of you may say well some people worked and saved up their own money to go to school, well good for them! for the rest of us, try finding a summer student job that gives enough hours and pays enough to even help with a fraction of what it costs to go to school. Try being able to work a part time job and go to school full time, its extremely hard to balance that. END OF RANT.

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