There are over 44 million Americans that have a combined, jaw-dropping $1.44 trillion dollars worth of US student loans debt. It's so scary, it almost sounds fake... but it's not

Gina Rodriguez was once a part of that statistic, but she has done what many of us fantasize and dream of: paid it ALL off. However, even for the "Jane the Virgin" star, it didn't happen overnight.

Rodriguez admitted that she's now a free woman from the grips of loan hell on the "Late Show" with Stephen Colbert.

When Colbert asked her about her formal acting education at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Rodriguez was pumped to let the audience know that she just payed off her loans. 

She quickly clarified that she officially made her final payment last year on the day she got nominated for her second Golden Globe — WHAT. A. DAY. 

Colbert — like many — was shocked that a TV star with a hit show took that long to pay off what she owed.

Rodriguez's honest response to his surprising reaction is something a lot of people can relate to.

"NYU is so expensive. College education is so expensive, but so necessary. I would never change it for the world, but it took me WAY too long."

It wasn't the first time the Puerto Rican actress mentioned the celebratory event, as she had replied to one of her fans' tweets about the pains of working towards paying off higher education debt. She wrote, "It took me ten years out of NYU to pay off my loans. Every penny, lots of pennies, totally worth it. It'll happen!"

After the interview aired, a lot of people shared their student loan woes.

What people were saying was so real, it made us laugh then cry.

And of course there was no shame in asking her to help them out, too.

The struggle is real, y'all.

The struggle is real.

Congrats, Gina! And good luck to all of us out there who are trying to make it out of student loan hell alive.