The founder of Atlanta restaurant, Slutty Vegan, as paid off the balances of more than 30 Clark Atlanta students.

Pinky Cole, a Clark Atlanta alum says she wanted the students to have a "clean slate" when they left college.

"I've been in that situation trying to figure out how you're gonna pay for school, and if it weren't for me becoming Miss Clark Atlanta University, I might not have been able to graduate," she explained to 11Alive.

Cole teamed up with fellow CAU alum, Stacey Lee to clear the balances.

"It's been a really really good day," Lee said. "They were genuinely happy, and now they can concentrate on their books and hopefully they will pay it forward also," Lee added. "I think they will."

"It just felt good. It felt rewarding," Cole said. "That's the biggest reward and success. it's not the fact that we paid the money, but they're reactions and how they felt."

According to the Federal Reserve, over half of young adults who went to college in 2018 took on debt. The organization reports that 69% of students from the Class of 2018 took out student loans, graduating with an average debt balance of $29,800, according to Student Loan Hero.

Forgiving student loan debts has been a hot topic among the Democratic presidential candidates. While some say they will work to forgive all student debt if elected, others plan to try and alleviate some of the financial burdens for students.

"It just felt good. It felt rewarding," Cole said. "That's the biggest reward and success. it's not the fact that we paid the money but they're reactions and how they felt.

"And it's how you make people feel," she said. "They 'll never forget this for the rest of their lives. They'll remember that people came together to help and support them in achieving their dreams."