Friday, September 16, 2011


I logged in to my Sallie Mae account, as I have been every few days, to see if my $3,000 payment was made by the state of California. I detailed my past irresponsibility and how I rectified the situation here and here. Basically, because I teach in a low-income/high-need area, I am entitled to $12,000 of loan forgiveness over a four year period.

Yes, it's my seventh year of teaching and yes, this payment was for year three.

But it's there!!! I logged in and made a gasp/happy noise to see that my student loan payment is under ten grand! The payment was 14% of my total loan balance, so it was thrilling to get to change my sidebar with that big of a jump.

I know I just said that paying off my student loan isn't what makes me feel most powerful...but man, it still feels good to see that number get smaller!

Also, in response to a commenter who asked if I just worked where I did for the loan payoff, absolutely NOT. I love my school. I don't love my district, but the community I teach in is rewarding and diverse and I love it.


  1. That's awesome! Good stuff! It's a nice little bonus isn't it?! :)

  2. Carla is right, that is a nice little bonus! That's $3k you don't have to pay! So great!

  3. Congrats! That's really awesome.

  4. Awesome,it must be satisfying and empowering to see that sidebar at less than $10,000.00.

  5. Congrats! Kudos to you for sorting this out and getting the money you so rightfully deserve.