Nicole Wilson, an Akron native that is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Ohio National Guard, said the proposed settlement is a massive sigh of relief.

“I have children and I don’t have to worry about whether or not I can pay my mortgage in order to pay these student loans,” Wilson said. “I don’t have to take anything away from [my children] in order to pay for a degree that meant nothing.”

“$72,000 in student loans later and a degree that means absolutely nothing, I have student loans more expensive than my [home],” Wilson said. “I owe $20,000 more in student loans than my house. The insult to injury is that just don’t have a degree, but I used my GI Bill. I don’t get that back.”

Undeterred, Wilson continues to move forward and will be taking classes at the Univ. of Akron in August in order to become a guidance counselor.

“It’s going be these young kids that are going to be the next impact, the future. I want to be able to there to help them on that journey to be the next leaders of this country,” Wilson said.

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