Two out of three college graduates have student loans and the average sum of their loan is over $35,000. As a whole American’s are over a trillion dollars in college debt. We’re stressed just thinking about it. The worst part of it is that for many students, their large sums of loans don’t result in large sums of money. Ouch. The current college system leads young adults, or their parents, to take on large debt without really knowing the return on their investment or even what they want to do for the rest of their lives.

But what if there was another way for those of us who don’t think the classic four year education is worth our while (or credit score)? Adam Braun, the founder of Pencils of Promise, may have just created the solution. Mission U, his latest venture, is an intensive one year, debt free higher education power house.  Braun was inspired by his wife, who when they met was over $100,000 in student debt. Despite this, she never finished her degree. Realizing success and potential isn’t always defined by the amount of money spent on a university, he set off to develop a leaner, meaner, more effective solution. Mission U’s goal is to provide hands on training that directly prepares students for high paying post graduate jobs. The best part, you don’t pay anything up front! Seriously, $0. Upon graduation if you land a job, which Mission U is certain you will, with a salary over $50,000 per year you will then pay 15% of your salary back for just 3 years. Mission U also has support from top companies like Uber, Spotify, Lyft, Warby Parker and more.

So, can we refinance? Who’s with us?

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