Publish my name - tertiary student says she can't pay student loan now
A former tertiary student says she is not fazed that the Student Loan Bureau (SLB) intends to publish her photo for not repaying the money she borrowed.
Despite receiving an email from the SLB that her picture will be published in the media on March 4 because she has not started to repay the loan, Jane Doe* said that will not cause her to rush to pay.
"They can publish my picture and name all they want. Suh all who know and think say mi rich can sorry fi mi and send di money," she told THE WEEKEND STAR.
Having started university in 2011, Doe said she borrowed more than $1 million for four years, but is yet to collect a degree because she has outstanding courses to complete.
"Them a say mi fi pay $30,000-plus a month. Weh mi fi get dem money deh from?" asked Doe, who is seeking employment. "Mi feel it very unreasonable towards me because dem call me on numerous occasions and mi explain mi situation to dem that I am willing to pay back the loan but I can't do that right now. But mi feel like a true me did get di $50,000 grant every year mek dem suh hard pon mi."
She said she can hardly find money to pay rent and buy food. She admits that if she knew that the interest rate was so high, she would have negotiated a different loan.
"My tuition cost between $180,000 to $250,000 per semester and interest just a guh up pon it like rapid," Doe explained.
Now with an outstanding balance of nearly $2 million, Doe said she intends to start repaying the loan when she gets a job that adequately provides for her needs.
* NAME CHANGED