Undoubtedly, they’re the bane of many a former student’s existence, but we are beyond happy to report that Gina Rodriguez recently paid off her student loans. Woo hoo! We can’t help but celebrate the Jane the Virgin star being free of this international pain in the butt.
During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the 32-year-old revealed that she made the final loan payment the same day she received her second Golden Globe nomination last year.
While it’s a joyous occasion, it’s still kind of sad because ugh, paying off student loans takes a ridiculously long time, even for a successful actress. In Rodriguez’s case, she finally repaid her educational debt in full after earning bachelor’s degree in fine arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2006.
“I just paid it off,” Rodriguez told Colbert. “College education is so expensive, but it’s so necessary. I would never change it for the world but yes, it took me way too long.”
We totally feel your pain, Gina. Paying back student loans is complicated at best. Unfortunately, Rodriguez isn’t the only former student grappled with a ton of educational debt. The total US student loan debt surpassed $1 trillion in 2012, and according to current reports on the Federal Reserve, the national student loan balance currently sits at a staggering $1.44 trillion, with 44.2 million Americans owing.
And judging by the number of Barbz who jumped at the chance to have their student loans debt paid by Nicki Minaj, the repayment struggle remains realer than ever.
Needless to say, this is such a widely loathed topic that we cringe at the mere mention of it, but we’re glad that Rodriguez was bold enough to speak on it publicly. Hopefully her willingness to share will help others who owe to feel better about not being the only ones faced with a seemingly insurmountable burden.