Over 100k in Student Loans – How We Paid Off 50k in 2 Years!
Author: Jeena Cho

paying off six figure student loans

Today I’m happy to share Jeena Cho’s story with you. She borrowed over 100k for student loans and she’s figured out a way to knock out her debt. Jeena’s top 4 tips are below.

“At 21, borrowing $100,000+ for law school seemed like a no-brainer. After all, once I land that job at that fancy law firm, with my fancy office, with my fancy house, car and wardrobe, earning a six-figure salary, repaying $100,000 should be easy. Right?

For the first seven years after graduation, all I managed to do was prolong the cycle of debt. As long as I was making the monthly minimum payments and keeping all the balls in the air, I was doing great. My life was all about living a lifestyle suitable for a lawyer, filled with nice things.

When my husband and I got married, we sat down and took stock of our finances. Seeing our numbers in black and white, on paper was a real eye opener. So, we sharpened our pencils and got to work. In the past 2 years, we paid off about half our student loans. Yes, about $50,000!


How We’re Tackling Our Six-Figure Student Loans… 

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in Paying Off Debt, Struggle (Hopeless, Demoralized), Student Loans
100K In Education Loans? What To Do Before You Panic
Author: Anna Newell Jones

The other day I did a Q&A interview with Alison from The Girl’s Guide To Law School. Law school students (and others) are graduating with upwards of over $100k (daunting say what?)

I’m happy to share the full interview below, and if you’re a woman in law school be sure to take a look at Alison’s site. It’s solid.

“Alison: On your blog, you talk about how you got yourself out of your ‘overwhelming’ $23,605.10 in debt. That’s an awesome accomplishment, but the average law student these days is graduating with more than $100,000 in student loan debt. Do you think your strategies apply equally well to this scale of debt? What would you suggest to someone in this scenario?

Anna: There is no doubt that those are very different totals, however, when I discuss debt I talk about the universal feelings that come with having a large amount of debt rather than focusing on the total that we each owe because being overwhelmed by debt is something that we can all relate to despite the total.

For me, having close to 24K in debt is what prompted me to start the Spending Fast and my blog And Then We Saved. What gets an individual to the point of taking serious action will vary.

I firmly believe that no matter the amount of debt amassed that my techniques and approach can be utilized for successful debt repayment.

It may take you a longer or shorter amount of time than it took me to become debt-free but I believe that it can be done if you’re committed to the process.

You’ve spent a lot of time thinking about, and writing about, debt and how it impacts peoples’ lives. What would you say to someone who’s considering going to law school, and is going to have to take out massive loans to pay for it? What should they be aware of before signing on the dotted line?

Do the research before you sign.

  • Research the statistics for recent hiring trends in your field. Are people getting jobs? If they’re not, is it likely to improve, or not?
  • Talk to people who are already in the field. What are their thoughts on the industry from an insiders viewpoint?
  • How much will the loans be per month?
  • What will your life look like if you don’t get the job you need to pay the loans back? Are you okay with the way that looks? Be honest with yourself and not just hopeful.

Then, after considering those questions and answers you will have a clearer picture about what you’re getting into and if you’re ready to take it on.

I’m a recent law grad who’s starting to freak out about how much debt I have. Can you give me three tips for beginning to attack my debt (and, hopefully, for feeling a little more in control of the situation)?

  1. Know that it will take time to pay off the large amount of debt. That’s okay. Be committed to the process. Know that you might will mess up and ‘fall off’ the saving wagon sometimes. That’s okay too. Keep going.
  2. Determine where your money is truly going, and avoid the excess spending. It’s easy to say “I’ll always have tons of debt so I might as well enjoy myself!” but that only makes it worse. Find other ways to feel better about life than by taking out your wallet.
  3. Know that you are not alone. Utilize the Community section on my blog to discuss how you’re feeling and get feedback from people who are dealing with similar situations.
  4. (Because it’s an important one) Find ways to make more money. It might not be in the legal profession, and that’s okay. Think about what you truly enjoy doing, and offer it up to others but with a fee. If you can walk there are ways to make more money. Get creative, and tap into all of your skills.”

in Good vs. Bad Debt, Paying Off Debt, Press & Interviews, Student Loans
  • Anna

    Hi, I'm Anna! I paid off close to 24k in debt in only 15 months & it completely changed my life! I want you to have a debt-free life too so here you'll be able to read all about: How to do a Spending Fast®, saving & making more money, DIY's, & a lot about living awesomely with less. Also! We're building a Tiny House and we're going to be on Tiny House Nation. Follow along!!

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