I graduated from a 4 year college with a degree in Science a few years ago. I am only a couple of years into paying off my Student Loan debt of $17,000.00
I don't regret getting the loan, because after grants, there was absolutely no way to pay for the rest of it and the experiences that I had in college I would never trade in.
I do regret listening to all those people who told me that I "could do so much with a science degree". And I also regret that where I am from - Pittsburgh - is a city that does not have a need for people with college educations. There just isn't a market for people with an education so it is hard to find a job or one that even pays enough so that you can pay back your loan.
However, because of my 1st student loan I am bound and determined to do what ever I can to get through nursing school
without racking up more loans. So far, I have only been taking 1 pre-req. a semester so I pay off the credits right then and there. I'm hoping to get a job with a hospital that offers tuition re-imbursement for when I get into my actual nursing classes.
All in all, student loans are a necessity. For as much as schools
charge on credits, books, uniforms, etc. even if you work FT you would still probably have to take a loan. So, don't feel alone.
In a lot of ways nursing students are pretty lucky compared to people in other majors because there are a lot of opportunities to work while you are going to school or have a hospital re-imburse your tuition.