The Paisano

In Texas, falling behind on student loan payments can cost you your license to work

Roderick Scott, in his Dallas classroom on March 12, 2018
Courtesy of Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune

Shannon Najmavadi

April 4, 2018

When Roderick Scott Sr. submitted an application to renew his teacher’s license in the summer of 2015, he thought the matter was handled. He had no idea that, months later, a decades-old Texas law would nearly derail his career as a middle school teacher in north Dallas because he’d defaulted...

I didn’t graduate in four years… and that’s okay

I didn’t graduate in four years... and that’s okay

Ashlee Morales

December 15, 2016

We begin college aiming for the ever-elusive four-year graduation. We get our degree plans all mapped out and start working towards a degree and, ultimately, our  future. It’s supposed to only take four years, right? From the time we’re capable of riding the elementary school bus alone, we’r...



Madison Chilton

September 28, 2016

During the 2014-2015 school year, 52 percent of UTSA freshmen financed their tuition and fees expenses with some form of student loan. The cumulative amount of money loaned out to those freshmen totalled $15,208,979. This means that 2,554 out of the 4,949 freshmen who entered UTSA that year will hav...

Got student debt? you’re not a-loan

Got student debt? you’re not a-loan

Justice Lovin

April 5, 2016

Debt is evil, and worse than that is usury, the charging of interest on a debt. The practice is condemned by all three Abrahamic religions. The Quran says that unrepentant usurers will be eternally punished (Al-Baqarah 2: 275-27), in the Torah it is forbidden to charge interest to the poor (Exodus 2...