How much student debt did you have when you graduated from college?

Zillow Group / Eng kilmonger
Oct 14, 2018 25 Comments

Comment degree, what you studied, TC, and whether you think the debt you accumulated was worth it

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  • I wonder how much of the no debt is rich parents vs lucky income streams vs scholarships πŸ€”
    Oct 14, 2018 5
    • Cisco / IT vzIq77
      Don’t forget about financial aid too
      Oct 14, 2018
    • Oracle vrooom
      And foreigners
      Oct 14, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng thebiglife
      I graduated with 3 masters and a bachelors degree. Cost of all this put together was less than half the price of 1st yr education in the US. Education and Medical system is busted in the US - get the govt to fix it and more ppl (in US) will have opportunity to find jobs. All the war-mongering is not helping US at all
      Oct 14, 2018
    • Meilodas, I worked two jobs through most of college, had my parents helping me, and I still graduated with debt. Hence β€œlucky income streams”
      Oct 14, 2018
    • Google ∞ + 1
      "not being in the US"
      Oct 14, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Fobahdha
    I’m surprised there are so many folks without debt. I guess the amount of privilege tech chads have is staggering.
    Oct 14, 2018 3
    • Facebook / Eng 435
      Not every one here is an american. I studied for free, for instance.
      Oct 14, 2018
    • AppDynamics RealDTrump
      Nah - no debt means either they are immigrants or went on scholarships .
      Oct 14, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng Travelson
      Yay countries with free education
      Oct 14, 2018
  • Amazon AHgc72
    Since people here are with different age and many of them are already working in tech for several years, the question is useless. The right question would be what was your debt when you graduated.
    Oct 14, 2018 1
    • Zillow Group / Eng kilmonger
      OP
      true. this is what I meant. should have been more specific
      Oct 14, 2018
  • Amazon Quietroom
    Undergrad was mostly paid through scholarships and working. I had about 6k in debt when I graduated and paid it off in the first few years. Grad school was covered with a stipend and a working spouse, so no debt from that. Both were worth it and I was really lucky to get a great education for little $$.
    Oct 14, 2018 0
  • Carta / Eng dYKG30
    CS - Zero debt. School was paid for 100% and then some through a combination of government grants, scholarships, and fellowships.
    Oct 14, 2018 0
  • Airbnb Seifer
    Over $100k debt for business school. Totally worth it for the salary and career increase. TC $375k
    Oct 14, 2018 2
    • Zillow Group / Eng kilmonger
      OP
      investment banker?
      Oct 14, 2018
    • Airbnb Asdfg472
      Yep. Started at JPM then transitioned into industry.
      Oct 14, 2018
  • Google Pyyx14
    No debt out of undergrad thanks to working and scholarships. $150k of debt out of business school. Worth it. Salary differential allowed that to be paid off pretty quickly.
    Oct 14, 2018 2
    • Cisco ChecksOut
      What was your before and after salary for mba? Did you go to a top 10?
      Oct 14, 2018
    • Google Pyyx14
      Yes, top tier program. Before mba was around 90k and I'm at $350k a year (will likely be 400k+ with stock appreciation and refreshers). Immediately out of bschool wasn't that big of a jump but I was $200k+ a year or so out of school.
      Oct 14, 2018
  • Qualtrics / Ops
    qualtricdo

    Qualtrics Ops

    BIO
    Came from non tech to tech.
    qualtricdomore
    No debt out of undergrad. Military academy. No debt out of MBA (top 10), employer paid for degree
    Oct 14, 2018 0
  • New / Data
    demi drunc

    New Data

    PRE
    UBS
    BIO
    Data scientist / ML engineer from Germany
    demi druncmore
    Education in Europe is mostly free
    Oct 14, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Fefe
    Zero debt. Working as a research and teaching assistant means all my tuition was paid, plus I got $1800 monthly salary and health insurance.
    Oct 14, 2018 0
  • Dollar Shave Club
    HcknGbsns

    Dollar Shave Club

    BIO
    Human urinal
    HcknGbsnsmore
    BS Chemical Engineering, BA Economics. ~15k debt on graduation day. Worth it, imho
    Oct 14, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Himyname
    MBA, marketing. Well worth it considering pre and post MBA salary difference. TC 165
    Oct 14, 2018 0