Student & Graduate Success
By Michelle K.
University of St. Thomas Student
Since I can remember, the piano has been a part of my life, an extension of myself. Studying music has always been in my line of sight.
In my first year of college, at 19, I became a mother to the most amazing daughter. I would not have it any other way, but as motherhood took priority, my educational path detracted. As my daughter got older, I knew simply telling her college was essential could never be as meaningful as demonstrating it through my actions. As I took the leap of faith back into college in my 30s, I could not imagine declaring a major in anything but music.
Fearful thoughts that I would graduate and plunge into insurmountable financial debt consumed me.
After earning my associate degree in music at a junior college, I began seeking a suitable four-year college to finish my bachelor’s in music.
I became sold on The University of St. Thomas primarily because of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) they offered. I have the peace of mind that I can pursue my lifelong passion for music and make my dreams a reality.
This program has enhanced my entire collegiate experience by alleviating unnecessary financial stress. I intend to further my education and pursue a master’s in music; without this program, I may not have the confidence to do so.
LRAP is what I will be looking for as my daughter considers colleges for herself!
This story has been edited for length and clarity.
Now that you’ve seen how LRAPs help students like Michelle during college, see how it helps them after graduation in this blog.