Pursuing student loan forgiveness entails a decade of meticulously recorded payments, hours on hold with your servicer and infinite patience. Success, however, arrives without much fanfare. Public defender Shelly Tomtschik was in court when she got the email notifying her that the quest was over: “Congratulations! After final review of your Public Service Loan Forgiveness … Continued

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Bernadette Joy and AJ Maulion How much: $309,800 in 3 years Bernadette Joy Maulion, 34, went to business school part time after a career in human resources, hoping to start a new chapter in her professional life. School wasn’t cheap, and she took out $72,000 in student loans. She and husband AJ, 37, had a $57,000 … Continued

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In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.  Steven Donovan and his dog, Angel. Steven Donovan, Even Steven Money  Who: Steven Donovan How much: $118,000 in 5 years Steven Donovan didn’t get an education in personal finance growing up. The topic wasn’t covered at his high … Continued

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