Letter to the editor: Debt isn't just the option for students

Letter to the editor: Debt isn’t just the option for students

There are plenty of other ways to get a college education without taking out huge loans and going deep in debt. There are many government programs that pay for a person’s tuition. There are ROTC programs, service academies, the GI Bill, and other scholarships.

One of our sons wanted to be a doctor from an early age, and that desire hasn’t changed with age. How to pay for medical school was the concern, so he did some research and figured out he could pay by joining the military. He applied and was accepted into Army and Navy ROTC programs and also received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He chose Army ROTC and was accepted into Boston College pre-med. After earning his BSc in Biology, he continued his medical studies at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Then he went to do his medical residency at Augusta University Health. He is now the chief flight surgeon for the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. His only debt is time, with wages.

My husband went to the Coast Guard Academy and after several years of service used his GI Bill to earn a Masters in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.

Our other son is using his GI Bill for an MBA. He received several scholarships to pay for his undergraduate degree.

Heggers Sherry
Windham


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