The Sun-Sentinel reported that across the nation, former students are defaulting on their federally backed student loans at rapid rates. In return, the government is filing lawsuits against former students who default on these loans. The report also stated that more than 4,300 lawsuits were filed across the country against former students who defaulted on their loans in 2011. South Florida reported that 183 lawsuits were filed against residents in 2011 that were unable to make their student loan payments.
Across the state, federal statistics reflect that more than 19,000 residents have defaulted on their student loan payments in the past two years; approximately 1.7 percent more than the national average of those who began repayment in 2009. The number of lawsuits and defaulted loans are expected to continue climbing due to unemployment rates.
Many former students struggling financially are choosing to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy to relieve some of their debt. Although student loan debts are non-dischargeable through bankruptcy, this is a primary way for former students to avoid a lawsuit.
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