Hello, hello, hello, you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and blogging is my game. It’s not even 10:00 a.m. in Pittsburgh and it’s already humid and 76 degrees outside. That 76 will inch up to near 90 before the day is over. Ah, summertime in The ‘Burgh. It will be a good day for me to shove my small notebook into my back pocket and to grab my plastic water bottle from the freeze and to take a stroll to Schenley Plaza which is right next to the campus of the University of Pittsburgh to see what’s going on.
But I digress…
Speaking of the University of Pittsburgh, winning my BA in fiction writing in 2003 from the University of Pittsburgh was one of the proudest moments of my life. One of the others was graduating with an MFA in fiction writing from Pitt in 2006. But where most of my MFA was paid for with a fellowship that I won, my BA was paid for mainly with loans. And I’m still paying off those loans.
I qualify for what is known as the Income-Based Repayment Plan. Under this plan my monthly re-payment amount is based on my income and family size.
Now it’s time for me to recertify my eligibility for the plan. Under the plan I pay only $90.00 every month. Without recertification I would be required to pay $800.00 every month.
I will never payoff my student debt. Millions of Americans will never payoff their student debt. You may say that we should have never taken on the debt in the first place. If only the solution was that simple. The problem has gone far beyond such a simplistic solution…
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. All photos of Lucy Pinder used in the blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars. If you are not already a regular reader of this girlie magazine now would be a great time to bookmark it or to follow it or to sign up for a free email subscription today.