'It's our generation's milestone': From Sallie Mae-themed music videos to popping debt balloons, here are all the ways people are celebrating paying off student loans
- As the nation's total student debt surpasses $1.5 trillion, many millennials have delayed buying a house or getting married to pay off their loans.
- Yet some Americans are turning the moment they pay off loans as a milestone in itself. Viral music videos, parties, and other celebrations depict people celebrating paying off their loans.
- Business Insider spoke with six people who threw parties, made music videos, or booked vacations after they finished paying student loans on why they think the moment has become "this generation's milestone."
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Guen Garrido threw herself a balloon-filled party this spring. Afterward, she booked a well-deserved massage.
It wasn't the 34-year-old San Diego resident's birthday or anniversary, and the celebration wasn't for anything you'd find on a Hallmark card.
She had just paid off the last of $45,000 in student-loan debt she'd accrued after attending UCLA.
The class of 2019 was the last of the millennials to graduate college, and like other members of their generation, many took out loans to pay for the ballooning cost of education. Now, those who've paid off the last of their installments are throwing parties, posting videos, and going on vacations to celebrate the feat. amounting to $1.5 trillion in student debt nationwide.
Business Insider spoke to six people who celebrated paying their student loans with parties, vacations, music videos - an act that they say has likened paying off student loans as a milestone in itself.
"I definitely believe paying off student loans has become a millennial milestone," Garrido told Business Insider over email. "Paying them off, especially while under 40 years old, I think is a pretty big deal."