Anthony Ortiz '14
Status: Current Student, Class of 2014
Major: 3-2 Physics and Engineering
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Works: As an RA for $12,000/Year and in the Campus Center 20 Hours/Week
Tuition Assistance: Some Scholarships
Student Debt: $25,000 to $30,000
Anthony Ortiz ’14 works as a resident assistant and an operations manager in the Campus Center. Still, he estimates he will graduate $25,000 to $30,000 in debt.
But the physics major isn’t worried. “I shouldn’t have a problem,” he says. “I’ve done my research, and physics has a 1 percent unemployment rate.”
He’s enrolled in Ithaca’s 3-2 physics and engineering program, where he will attend IC for three years and then go on to an engineering program at another college. He will receive bachelor’s degrees from both institutions. He’s applied to the Rochester Institute of Technology and the State University of New York at Binghamton.
After his grace period is up, he figures his payments will be about $400 to $500 a month.
“Right now I’m putting my entire Campus Center paycheck toward paying off the interest on my loans,” he says.
Read more about the value of an IC education here.