The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) is launching a new initiative aimed at restoring bankruptcy protection for student loan borrowers. 860 members responded to the survey asking about experiences with potential clients who have tried to discharge student loan debt. The message of the survey results was clear: ‘unmanageable student loan debt threatens to reach crisis proportions in the not distant future if Congress does not restore bankruptcy relief.’
Individually, college seniors who graduated with student loans in 2010 owed an average of $25,250, up five percent from the previous year, according to a report from the Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS). Collectively, the amount of student borrowing crossed the $100 billion threshold for the first time in 2010 and total outstanding loans exceeded $1 trillion for the first time last year. Americans now owe more on student loans than on credit cards, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the U.S. Department of Education and others. Additionally, because there are fewer people with student loans than there are credit card holders, the debt burden on the individual borrower is considerably higher.
Although educational borrowing is up for every age group over the past three years and young people still carry the biggest student loan debt burden, borrowing has grown far more quickly for those in the 35 to 49 age group, according to an analysis by the credit score tracking site CreditKarma. Bills are pending in the House and Senate to restore bankruptcy protection for private student loans. NACBA supports those bills and is asking Congress to go further and restore bankruptcy relief for government education loans.
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