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Updated: May 10, 2023

How Far Would You Go to Get Rid of Your Student Debt? [Infographic]


The dire situation of student loan debt is no mystery to the millions of Americans who expect to be saddled with this debt well into middle age. Recently, members of the MyBankTracker team were casually discussing their very own burdens regarding student loans and an interesting question came up: What extreme measure would you take to eliminate your college debt?

That’s why we polled 200 MyBankTracker readers to see what they were willing to do in order to obtain the funds to pay off their student loans.

Interesting findings

In order to earn more money towards debt repayment:

- More than half of respondents would give up their privacy and participate in a reality TV show

- The majority of respondents would not sell their material possessions

- About one-third of respondents would jeopardize their health

What we think

While MyBankTracker does not condone the use of these extreme measures, it’s interesting to see the percentage of respondents who would resort to them -- it shows there are plenty of people who strive to erase their student loan debt as soon as possible.

We always believe that consumers should adapt to their own unique financial circumstances with solutions that best fit their needs.

For borrowers who face economic hardship, there are ways to reduce or postpone student loan payments through deferment, forbearance and income-based repayment programs, which we explain here in more detail. However, despite these options, people just want to pay off their loans -- and not simply skip out on their student loans altogether.

Check out the infographic below to see the results of the poll:

Student Debt Infographic

Methodology: The data was collected from an ongoing poll of 200 random MyBankTracker readers who responded from July 14, 2015 to August 7, 2015.