“The job he has now does not even require a college degree.”
Our system of college loans is not sustainable. How could this person be allowed to take on a quarter of a million dollars in loans?
The College Fix reports:
Student takes out $250K in loans to become a community organizer
The push for student loan forgiveness can add another sob story to its ranks – an immigrant who took out a quarter million in student loans on his journey first to move up as a probation officer and then to become a community organizer.
Sorto told Insider that Latino culture encourages ending education at high school. Though the story notes his mother encouraged him to pursue a “trade degree, a mechanical degree, an electrician degree or something that was a six-month or yearlong course,” he ignored her because she “did not have an understanding of how much of a difference having a college degree would be to our livelihood.”
Yet she had a great idea, since trade degrees are much cheaper than regular programs, and union education often does not cost the student money. Enrollees can even get paid while they learn. His mom likely does not have a quarter million in student loan debt.
Sorto wanted to become a probation officer, which often requires a college degree. So he went to undergraduate, using student loans, Pell grants and scholarships to get through his first degree.
“Then, to progress in his chosen career as a probation officer, he sought a Master’s degree, and later a Ph.D,” Insider reported. “He now has $250,513 in student debt.”
The publication never explains why Sorto needed a doctorate to advance as a probation officer, nor why it has to be in “Urban Planning and Environmental Policy.” He is still in the Ph.D. program even though he left the probation officer job.
Sorto now works in “community engagement” developing low-income neighborhoods. The job he has now does not even require a college degree.
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