Currently, Northeastern alum Kelli Space, 23, is $200,000 in debt because of her student loans. She must pay federal student loan agency Sallie Mae $891 per month -- and by next November, that figure will nearly double. And although she has a full-time job, she doesn't make nearly enough to pay off her massive debt. So she's is turning to the public for help.
Space started a website called Two Hundred Thou which is devoted to telling her story and asking readers to chip in. On the site's FAQ page, Space explains her situation in earnest: twohundredthou.com/
I was 18 and the first person in my family (including extended family!) to attend college. Therefore, not only was excitement consuming me, but my parents didn't exactly know how college would or wouldn't affect my salary in the future. We applied for scholarships during the summer but they heard -- as much as I did -- that cost of tuition should never keep you from attending a great school. So... we made the mistake of following such romantic advice. Cue regret.
The site will track Space's progress as she collects money from her readers -- so far, she's raised $6,283.06, leaving $193,716.94 to go.
After doing my due diligence, I believe this is a legitimate debt and not a scam. I have been in contact with Kelli and I admire her resourcefulness and honesty. Thousands of kids everyday solicit donations for education pursuits, If you want to contribute great, if not it's fine too. Kelli has not received a dime in financial aid from the state or federal governments or from the private college.
Most of the left wing progressive commenters on Huffington Post have chastised Kelli for not taking advantage of the student aid available to many college students. As usual, these dumb ass radicals don't realize that the money the government gives out comes from working people who pay income tax. There is no FREE money for anything. Libtards are great at spending other people's money but they won't reach into their own pockets, even to help one of their own. See the negative responses from the Huffington Post readers here: www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/22/kelli-s
A single dollar is huge when thousands of people respond as many have already. Americans are the most generous people on earth. Voluntary private donations, and private charities directly giving aid and assistance is an American traditional, which is much more cost effective and Constitutional than federal entitlements.