The high school class of 2020 faced a tough choice. They could start college during the pandemic—taking courses online at home, or in person wearing masks in emptied-out lecture halls. Or, they could try to find jobs during a crisis that left frontline workers vulnerable and employment hard to come by.
Then there was a third option that got lots of attention: a gap year. Maybe new graduates could wait out the disruption until conditions returned to something like normal.
Damon Crutchfield grew up in a middle-class household in New Orleans. His parents wanted him to choose a reliable and stable career, one that didn’t require a costly four-year degree.
Crutchfield joined the local carpenters’ union right out of high school. But, technology had always been his dream. That’s when he decided to take the first step into a tech career by attending a coding bootcamp. It proved to be a life-defining decision.
An investigation by NPR found that many student borrowers were prematurely rejected under the revamped Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
The U.S. Department of Education is now promising a fix. Still, borrowers like Melissa Crowe worry that these latest mistakes could lead some borrowers to simply give up on the promise of the department's PSLF overhaul.