Bankruptcy does discharge a student loan, but only if it meets a tough legal standard called undue hardship. Here’s what you need to prove. Criminal fines and restitution and child and spousal support are types of debts that bankruptcy essentially never discharges. Income taxes can be discharged but only after meeting certain conditions. We’ve covered these in our last … Read More
Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help you permanently stop student loan collection. It gives you more time and flexibility to show “undue hardship.” The Much Better Chapter 13 “Automatic Stay” Last time we explained how bankruptcy’s “automatic stay” immediately stops student loan collections against you. But if you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy this protection from collections lasts only the … Read More
Chapter 7 will stop student loan collections. Then either write off the student loans through “undue hardship” or have time to deal with it. Our last blog post was about a Chapter 7 bankruptcy stopping a tax garnishment only temporarily. In that situation this was OK because it gave time to set up a payment program with the IRS/state. … Read More
To legally write off–discharge–a student loan in bankruptcy takes an extra step: proving that it is causing you “undue hardship.”
It’s not easy to write off student loans, but the right timing can help. Chapter 13 gives you more power over the timing.
Whether you can write off your student loan could very much depend on WHEN you ask the court for a determination of “undue hardship.”