A lawmaker has filed legislation in Congress which will allow student loan debt to be treated just as other forms of debt that can be discharged in bankruptcy. As we all know, student loan debt is treated differently in bankruptcy court than credit card debt, auto loans or mortgage debt, and cannot be discharged. Representative John K. Delaney, D-Md., introduced the Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy Act (H.R. 449).
In a statement he said, “Student loan debt is dragging down economic growth, keeping the American Dream out of reach for many and is a monthly strain for millions.” Student loan debt continues to increase as the cost of college tuition continues to rise. According to a study by the Institute for College Access & Success, 69 percent of graduates from the class of 2013 left school with an average of $28,400 in student loan debt.
Delaney has backed several bills focused on student loans and financial aid. He is also a cosponsor of the Middle Class CHANCE Act, which increases support provided by Pell Grants. In his previous term, Delaney voted for legislation in the House to prevent student loan rates from rapidly increasing and cosponsored the Truth in Tuition Act, which requires institutions to provide multi-year tuition and fee schedules.
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