(I had no idea where to post this, so sorry if it is in the wrong category!) Currently I am going for my master degree (dual certification) in specual ed. cross-categorical and elementary general ed. So far with my bachelor degree and this year I have about $30,000 in student loans. I am planning on graduating in December 2010, which means I will probably have to take out more student loans when I student teach next fall since I will have to quit my day job. The deal is that with the $30,000 out so far, it is estimated that I will be paying back approximately $400 a month (plus more if I take money out next semester). My question is, is/was anyone else in this same boat as me with lots of student loans? And, once you got your teaching job, was it difficult to pay back the amounts they ask for? I am just worried because I know that teachers don't make a lot to begin with and that I will not be able to pay back the amount they want (I do not want to defer my student loans and let the interest accumulate). I suppose I am just looking for some reassurance... anybody have personal stories to make me feel better? Or is it as bad as I think?