I started college awhile back in a town where I was working. It was the only college around with a degree program for Graphic Designing and it was an easy walk over from work. A year or so goes by and my work eliminates my position and moves it to another state & town. Luckily it was the same state that I lived in but when I researched colleges in my location I couldn't find any that had a degree program for what I was studying, graphic design. I searched for online colleges instead. I found one - The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division. The gentleman on the phone who signed me up had a great personality and was a good talker. I was young and dumb and didn't realize that this college was taking advantage of me. I first signed up for my associates degree. Lost a lot of credits that couldn't transfer over and was well on my way to a degree at that point. They told me X amount of price and I believed them. After being in college for awhile I then decided why am I just going for my associates when I could have a bachelors and get it all done with. I wanted to be this amazing Graphic Designer so why not, right? I called up and switched to a bachelors degree program. I was unaware as to how much I did accumulate in costs/loans already and the college never told me what they would allow me to have for a max of loans. They instantly signed me up without an problem and never gave me all the information I needed to have. I was young and in my early 20's. I had no clue about what I should keep an eye out for when it comes to colleges taking advantage. I just wanted a great education so that I could be someone special in life and have a career that made me happy. Everything came crashing down when one day they called me and told me that I could no longer have any more loans and that I hit my max amount. I had no clue what the amount was already. I just wanted to go to college and young, dumb me didn't pay attention to what I accumulated. I thought that when I was done with college I would worry about paying it all back, no matter the cost, when I got a really great job. I was so wrong. I hit my max amount and they would no longer allow me to go to school. I was so sad. All my hard work for what? NOTHING! At that age I thought that it would be a good idea to not pay the school loans because the school didn't deserve a payback when they took advantage of me. I obviously made a lot of bad choices myself but in the end I was a young person with a drive to better myself but no knowledge of what I needed to look out for when going to college and signing papers. So I stopped paying. Fees added up. I thought over time it would just go away or I'd have a bad credit score but whatever. Now i'm older, more mature and more knowledgeable. I found out that I can't just ignore these costs and now i'm in a hole i'd rather not be in. I'm looking for help from amazing people who can either relate to my story or feel for me. I feel like my life has been ruined by this debt and I'm willing to do my best at getting it paid of as soon as I can. I'm willing to trade a donation for something that I can help you with. I have skills in Graphic Design and Photography. If you have something else in mind please let me know. I'm willing to work.