Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
Hey, all. This is clearly off-topic, but I think it can be very helpful to several MGoBloggers out there, myself included.
Has anyone had any experience with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program?
Basically, it is this: If you work for a non-profit company or some other identified companies for 10 years and you make a payment on your student loans each month of those 10 years, your remaining federal student loan balance is forgiven (120 qualifying payments).
I'm going through the process of getting started with the program - BUT I should have done this 3 years ago! To all you recent and soon-to-be-recent grads: Make sure you've looked at this. It is surprising how many companies/services qualify. I didn't think my employer qualified so never looked into it. I was wrong and as a result, I might have lost 3 years (and $15-20k) of debt being forgiven.
There's a ton of weird rules. My basic question is: For anyone that's done this, how easy is it to track your qualifying payments? I'm worried about lowering my payments and not hacking away at my debt if I don't get my Ts crossed and Is dotted.
In my situation, I could have been on the Income-Based Repayment plan (which is under $300 per month for me). $300 * 120 = $36000 paid before the remaining balance is forgiven. However, for the first few years I was on other repayment plans and was making extra payments. I thought this was smart - pay down my debt as fast as possible. I've probably paid $20k towards my loans in 4 years, but none of those payments qualify for this program. However, if I knew of this program from the get-go, I would have only ever paid a total of $36k for what was $62k in loans.
For other discussion: Any college debt repayment strategies or resources anyone want to share? For you recent grads, make sure you take advantage of the time you have this summer to look into all your options!
This post is going to be as random as you like, so enjoy. While perusing ESPN.com under the NBA mainpage on this enjoyable Friday night, I happened upon a random Sports Nation poll. It poses the question: Who will be the bigger weapon for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics? Anthony Davis or Kyrie Irving? I clicked on Kyrie Irving, and surprisingly or unsurprisingly, Kyrie Irving was winning 77% to 23% on 26,865 national votes.
Next, I clicked on View Map, because that's how I do. The map, surprisingly or unsurprisingly, showed all states siding with Kyrie Irving--BUT ONE--which sided with Anthony Davis.
Now, my task for you is this: without looking at this poll--or after looking at this poll, I don't necessarily care--guess which state picked Anthony Davis and write why you guessed it.
I was just reading that incoming freshman were recently notified about their on-campus housing and roommate assignments. That got me to thinking about my move-in experience and wondering about my fellow MGoMembers' experiences. Here's a few of my memories from that day way back in 1993:
Driving up to the entrance to Markley and seeing all the kids and their family members carrying in their belongings and the sense of excitement I felt. Meeting my roommate (who would soon become my best friend) for the first time and the awkwardness that comes along with all that. Unloading our cars and lugging all of our sh-t up to the 5th floor (5115 Van Tyne), getting soaked in the process when a thunderstorm popped up out of nowhere. Picking out pre-cut carpeting in a parking lot by South Quad while some student builders put up lofts in our room. Watching my parents drive away that first night and feeling that my life has just changed forever. Hanging out in the hall of 5VT talking to neighbors into the wee hours of the night. Sleeping in until noon the next day. Good times!
What do your memories hold? I'm very interested, and it might make for a fun late-night thread . . .
No surprise here - most played Quarterback.
Followed by defensive backs.
Joe Paterno played both. No wonder he's still going....
Michigan players that are now FBS head coaches? 2. Les Miles and Jim Harbaugh.
(Just eight more days...)
I feel this ranking is pretty low also considering that Notre Dame, University of Chicago (since they have a Big Ten relation), and Northwestern are ranked higher at 33, 20, and 18, respectively.
Only three Ohio schools ranked higher than Michigan, being, Denison University at 77, Oberlin at 51, and Kenyon College at 32
Other Big Ten schools that were ranked were:
Illinois at 97, Penn State at 192,Wisconsin at 212, Indiana at 222, Ohio State at 246, Michigan State at 282, Iowa at 315, Purdue at 362, Minny at 418, and, finally, Nebraska (since they are now family) at 442
Here's the link for the full list: