Allie Nizam took an extra $10,000 with her when she graduated from University of Central Florida in 2009. (Photo Courtesy Allie Nizam) by Blake Ellis NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — While millions of Americans are drowning in student loan debt, some students are actually graduating with thousands of extra dollars to burn — thanks to scholarships and aid that exceeded their college costs.
Danielle Powell, right, and her spouse Michelle Rogers are photographed in Omaha, Neb., June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) by Margery A. Beck OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Danielle Powell was going through a hard time in the spring of 2011, just months away from graduating from a conservative Christian college in Nebraska. She had fallen in love with another woman, a strictly forbidden relationship at a school where even prolonged hugs were banned.