Oh my goodness!!!!!!! I just did the math on a hypothetical $250,000 in student loans. I am hypothetically going to say that my boyfriend and I will owe $250k in student loans by the time I finnish law school and he finnishes his residency (this is a rough estimate...I'm thinking of our current loans plus the ones I will take out in law school plus the interest that will acrue on my unsub. loans while I am in school and the interest that will acrue on his loans while he is in his 4 to 5 year residency). Say we take 10 years to pay it off at 3% interest. That is $75,000 in interest. So our total is now $325,000. That amounts to monthly payments of $2,708!!!!!!! Now I now my figuring is off because we won't be paying interest on the full amount for all of those years...but even if we pay $50,000 in interest...that still amounts to payments of $2,500 a month! Wowzers!!!
Now, I'm trying to figure out how much this will effect us. Say he makes $175,000 and I make $75,000 and we have a combined income of $250,000. If we pay 40% in taxes, that will leave us $150,000. (I know nothing about taxes so I am just estimating). Say my boyfriend has to pay another $25k in medical malpractice insurance. That leaves us with $125,000. That $30,000+ a year in loans will consume 25% of our household income! That is alot!
Are my estimates even in the ball park on this thing? If they are, I think I better look into freezing my eggs because it looks like I won't behaving kids until I am 50!!!
Take a look at it this way: the remaining 75% of your income will probably still put in the top 20% in terms of income earners in the United States. I mean, come on, by your figures If you can't raise a family on that there is something seriously wrong!
My brother finished his residency 4 years ago with piles of debt, but he just moved from a condo into a half-million dollar house, kept the condo, and has 6 weeks of vacation a year.