A very exciting piece of mail arrived at my house this weekend. I got a federal loan repayment contract! Hurray! Basically, it means that I agree to stay in my current underserved health clinic for 2 more years, and the government gives me $50,000 to apply to my loan debt. Sweet! I spent a lot of time this spring filling out forms and compiling a huge packet of stuff for the application. Periodically, I would mutter to myself “They better give me this goddamn award or I’m going to stab out my eyes.” Well, my eyes are safe! (Thank god, because it’s pretty hard to assess a rash without ’em.)
I’m so relieved to get the loan repayment. Now the total amount of my student loans will decrease from “Almost as much as we paid for our house” to “Cost of a Porsche” Whew!