By Rachel Solomon
Many students form addictions in college, and I had a bad one. Everyone around me was doing it too; it was so easy. So accessible. I started to want it more, to need it. I’d get one supply and run through it in a night, leaving me begging for another dose the next day
So what was my drug of choice? Borrowed money. And it’s one of the most dangerous things to become dependent on, especially in college. Pushers love to throw money at students like they’re a pack of starved hyenas. Everyone’s primed to borrow hugely irresponsible amounts in the name of “education,” and few are above pocketing the “leftovers.”
But what happens when you graduate? Take it from me—banks are not lining up to loan you the $20,000 you want to pimp out our new pad with a flat-screen TV, surround sound, mirrored ceilings, and a bidet .
However, if you need to borrow money wisely (like to pay that broker’s fee and security deposit on your new apartment), there are resources out there to help you. Here are some options to check out:
Like your naked baby pictures, loans are best kept in the family. A banker probably won’t love you like a brother, and if your family is capable and willing, you probably won’t find better terms anywhere else. Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Your family might prefer that you borrow from them rather than get suckered into a high interest deal with a sheisty lender. Just make sure to follow the IRS rules on loans to family members.
This early in the game, it isn’t likely that recent grads will need (let alone qualify for) a bank loan.
But if we want to start a business or buy a car, it’s worth looking into. Just be prepared to answer a lot of questions and be scrutinized intensely. Traditionally, you don’t apply for bank loans the way you do for credit cards. No “instant approvals” or easy online applications. Instead, you have to sit down with a banker who assesses our credit, collateral, and c...