We are committed to redefining the length of the student loan repayment grace period by continuing to build creative careers in writing and performance past the 6-month time allotment. We also encourage, and hopefully inspire, others to live the creative lives they planned on living despite their debt burdens.


The Grace Period Blog was co-founded by NYU MA Performance Studies Alumni, Gabriela Agape and Sydney Arndt. The idea was born as a response to the contributors’ personal experience with the student debt crisis in America.  It became active as a blog in September of 2013 with the intention of creating content that would be used as raw material leading to a date-specific performance on November 21st, 2013 — the end of the founders’ student loan grace period. This play, “November 21st,” premiered in Washington Square Park and incorporated public participation from audience members and passerby. Since then, The Grace Period Blog has continued exploring issues surrounding student debt while evolving its performance styles and expanding its body of contributors.

Founding Members and Contributors: Sydney Arndt, Isa Gil, Sarah Lucie, Laura Mooney, Gabriela Agape, Lauren Salopek, and  Jenna Tamimi.


  • We want The Grace Period extended from 6 months because it isn’t enough time to become financially stable if you are an independent artist, or in any other profession really. Other countries have grace periods of up to 2 years.

  • Deferment allowances and Income-based repayment plans should also be available for private loans.

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