Kelli Space has $189,182.39 of student loan debt. Just for an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. At 23 -- and living with her parents -- she's currently paying $891 a month just to cover her private loans. Next November, those payments will jump to about $1,600 per month and remain at that level for the next 20 years.
The average 2009 college graduate holds about $24,000 in student loan debt, which is enough to make anybody feel vulnerable. But compared to Space, that's nothing.
Hoping to capitalize on the success of similar websites, Space started a Tumblr: TwoHundredThou.com, where she is soliciting donations to help her pay down her loans.
In between posts about Time Out New York not paying its contributors for months at a time and a post about Hunter S. Thompson coining the word "gonzo," Gawker's Hamilton Nolan did a story on Space and her site. "To Kelli's credit, she's not unaware of how that sounds; she accepts responsibility for her predicament, and acknowledges that there are surely more worthy charities out there than hers," Nolan wrote. (His link used to go through to a FAQ page on TwoHundredThou.com, but that page has since been removed for unknown reasons.)