Local teachers try unique living situations to help pay off student loans

(WFSB) – Two local teachers have tried everything but have too many student loans to handle.

They are in a unique living situation right now, but are making the most of it while amassing some savings to pay off their loans.

Both Adam Constantillos and his wife are teachers.

Adam is a 5th grade elementary physical education teacher and loves to teach physical education.

“It’s a great school. I love my kids. They love me,” Adam said.

A quick undergraduate and master’s transfer from Springfield Technical Community College to Springfield College, Adam knew that being a physical education teacher was his job until student loans started rolling in. I was.

“It’s not easy to figure out how to pay these bills when your income is mostly,” Adam said.

After school, PE teachers work on their skills at a local rock climbing gym and teach three days a week.

But Adam didn’t follow the traditional college route.

“I didn’t go to college until 10 years after high school,” Adam said.

Now he pays hundreds of dollars a month in private loans, not including federal loans.

He said this was not what he expected when he applied to them.

“I didn’t think about it any further, just under the assumption that if they could give it to me, I’d be in an okay position when I was done. With this. I’ll go all the way to my master,’ said Adam.

Loans were devastating, and the way his finances worked out, basically all his salary went to rent.

In May, Adam and his wife, who teach elementary special education, made the difficult decision to move.

“We moved to a campground,” said Adam.

That’s where they spent most of their time, and while it’s not the most ideal situation for the time being, we believe moving to a camper really is the only option if you want to save money and pay off your loan. I got

“It’s tight. It’s a 20-foot-long camper. We have a bed, he has a bunk, we have a kitchen, but we’re kind of always together,” says Adam. said.

Adam tried everything to pay off the loan, but to no avail.

Eyewitness News spoke with an economics professor. He says he might still have a few things to try if he finds himself in a similar situation.

“If they teach at a low-income school, they can have some or all of their student debt forgiven.” Some or all of the loan may be forgiven.”

“There are debt counselors, debt counseling companies they can contact, and these people can help you get out of debt,” Rosen said.

Adam said they were by no means poor, but the move was necessary.

“We have the job we want, the degree we want, but we are still in this situation. I don’t know,” said Adam.

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