NJ college graduate pays off $  70K in student loans by starting used book business

They’re pushing forward, doing what’s right — and figuring out a way to pay off their own debt. 

And for one Rutgers University graduate, that involved a novel idea. 

New Jersey native Pathik Oza graduated in 2018 with a B.A. from Rutgers University — he studied psychology and biology — with $ 70,000 in student loans, he told Fox News Digital in an interview.

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And while Oza began pursuing another degree ahead of his plan to attend medical school, he also found a passion for rehoming used and discarded books.

“I was walking around one day during the summer, and I saw books lying there, and I thought there would be an opportunity,” he said. 

O3 Books founder Pathik Oza of North Brunswick, N.J., during a recent Zoom interview with Fox News Digital about paying down his student debt. "I just started this volunteer work where I would collect unwanted books," he said. 

O3 Books founder Pathik Oza of North Brunswick, N.J., during a recent Zoom interview with Fox News Digital about paying down his student debt. “I just started this volunteer work where I would collect unwanted books,” he said.  (Fox News Digital)

“Why would books be thrown away? They could be redistributed to someone who may need them. So I just started this volunteer work where I would collect unwanted books,” he told Fox News Digital.

What began as a kind gesture and a chance to give back to local libraries, schools, shelters and children’s hospitals turned into a sparkling new business opportunity. 

An increasing number of requests for books and a high demand for his services became something far too large for just Oza and his Toyota RAV4 to handle. 

Pathik Oza made the decision to turn reselling books into a profitable business.

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