10 Celebrities Who Got Student Loans
Taking out a loan to finance one’s studies only shows how the person gives such value to education
Getting a good education is has always been very expensive. Young people who have the privilege of being borne into wealthy families and who have parents who believe in education are the luckiest people on earth. Not everyone is blessed with the means to attend college, even celebrities that we follow. And that is why it is so interesting to know who among the famous individuals in the entertainment business and political arena are determined enough to get a degree, but with a lot of help from the government and private institutions alike. Not having the resources should never be an excuse not to pursue one’s studies and dreams of becoming big. Take it from these people who have found a way to finance their pursuit with the help of what else but student loans and study grants that they were willing enough to secure.
The American politician and lawyer from Texas served as the junior US Senator representing his hometown and ran for office recently under the Republican party. He’s the longest-serving and first Hispanic Solicitor General in the history of Texas. Cruz took out a USD 100,000 student loan to finance his education at Princeton University where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. He entered Harvard Law School, this time graduating magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree. He already finished paying off his debt.
The American actor was critically acclaimed for his portrayal in The Spectacular Now, and bagged the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting. He was also nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor because of his role in Whiplash. Teller got himself a student loan worth USD 100,000 to support him in his studies at New York University. He admits that he didn’t right away settle the obligation because the loan has a very low interest.
Here’s another American politician who took out a loan. O’Malley was the 61st Governor of Maryland and also served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007. He was responsible for signing a law that grants free college tuition to children of illegal immigrants. Such is his faith in getting a good education that he applied for funding from the Parent PLUS loans worth USD 339,200 — not for himself, but for his daughters. They attended Georgetown University and College of Charleston.
The actor is known for Making Revolution and Flat Chested. These days, he has continued to enjoy his stint as a stand-up comedian – a job that he started to enjoy more than ten years ago. Back in college, he had a basketball career at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, but he supported his education by getting a student loan. However, he was unable to finish paying for his obligation as he didn’t finish school. Talk about unfinished business!
She has become popular for starring in Scandal, playing the role of Olivia Pope for which she received two nominations. The actress continues to be active on both TV and film as she and husband David Moscow raise their two children. Washington took out a student loan to help defray the cost of her education at George Washington University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an impressive double major in sociology and anthropology.
He was a cast member of Saturday Night Live and was seen on TV shows such as Comedy Central Presents, Showtime at the Apollo, Late Friday, just to name some. The actor, who is also an author and comedian, applied for and got a student loan for his college tuition at the University of Miami. He confessed that he was unable to pay off his debt on time, but didn’t say why. Mitchell finished college where he was part of the football team and the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
She tasted fame because of Best in Show and her recurring role on Two and a Half Men where she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award. The actress-singer-comedian did other portrayals, including her award-winning character of Sue Sylvester in Glee. Thanks to a student loan that she got and paid for by the time she was thirty years old, Lynch was able to earn her Bachelor’s degree in theatre from Illinois State University and her MFA in theatre from Cornell University.
Yet another politician and lawyer is Marc Antonio Rubio , US Senator from Florida. The young politician initially wanted to run for US President under the Republican flagship, but you know who remained and won the Presidency in the end. Rubio was the recipient of federal grants and student loans amounting to a total of USD 150,000. He attended Tarkio College then moved to University of Florida. He got his law degree from the Miami Law School.
The former First Lady of the United Stated is a lawyer and writer. Even she has great faith in the value of education that she applied for a student loan that helped finance her studies. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in sociology and minored in African American studies. Three years later, she completed her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Former U.S. President Obama is the first African American to hold office and the first born outside the continental United States. The Hawaiian descent politician financed his education through the help of a student loan which he was able to settle by the time he was forty years old. He attended Occidental College and moved to Columbia University where he majored in political science, with a specialty in international relations. He finished his law studies at Harvard Law School where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review.
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