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13 Times Student Loan Debt Affected Successful Celebrities

Education is a luxury not everyone can afford. Often people need financial support for higher education, leading to student loan debt. Senators Warren, Smith and Markey are requesting to waive parts of student loan debt per borrower. Thus, helping borrowers to wipe off their debt. 

Here’s a list of 13 people who persevered to the top despite the cost of their degrees: 

1. President Barack Obama – graduated Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

Student loan debt, President Barack Obama - graduated Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
When Obama finished paying off student loan debt in his 40s.

2. Michelle Obama – graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School.

Student loan debt, Michelle Obama - graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School. 
When she couldn’t take jobs that paid less because of her enormous debt.

3. John Hamm – graduated University of Missouri in 1993.

Student loan debt, John Hamm - graduated University of Missouri in 1993.
When he was unable to pay off his loans until 2004.

4. Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez – Boston University, 2011

Student Loan debt, Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez - Boston University, 2011
While being the youngest Congress woman, she had $19,000 student loan debt in 2019

5. Cheryl Strayed – University of Minnesota; Syracuse University

Student Loan Debt, Cheryl Strayed - University of Minnesota; Syracuse University
When the writer revealed she was in debt till her 44th birthday.

6. Miles Teller – New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 2009

student loan debt, 6. Miles Teller - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 2009
Teller still has NYU student loans to pay off.

7. Gina Rodriguez – New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 2005

student loan debt, 7. Gina Rodriguez - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 2005
When it took the actor 11 years to finally pay off her loan

8. Kerry Washington – George Washington University 1998

 Kerry Washington - George Washington University 1998
Kerry Washington finally paid off her loans when she was cast in Scandal. 

9. Roxane Gay – Norwich University; University of Nebraska and Michigan Technological University

student loan debt, 9. Roxane Gay - Norwich University; University of Nebraska and Michigan Technological University
While she felt lucky to be able to pay her loans, she shared about how they affect her fiscal decisions.

10. Pete Buttigieg – Harvard University; University Of Oxford

 Pete Buttigieg - Harvard University; University Of Oxford
When Buttigieg revealed that he and his husband had $130,000 student loan debt.

11. Kate Walsh – studied at the University of Arizona but didn’t graduate.

student loan debt, Kate Walsh - studied at the University of Arizona but didn’t graduate.
When Walsh left school with a big debt that was not paid off until Grey’s Anatomy. 

12. Cecil Shorts III – University of Mount Union, 2011

Cecil Shorts III - University of Mount Union, 2011
The former NFL athlete struggled without scholarships for college.

13. When Martin O’ Malley and his wife procured loans for their daughters. 

 When Martin O’ Malley procured loans for his daughters. 
Martin wanted his daughters to study at Georgetown University and College of Charleston. Thus, leaving them deep in college debt

Written by FandomWire Staff