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Student Loan Debt Discharge- Another WIN for Consumers in Bankruptcy Court

Another consumer has successfully had their federal student loans discharged in bankruptcy court.  The topic of student loans and bankruptcy is gaining more attention and although not every court district offers the same considerations as this one- it should not be assumed that discharging your student loan debt in bankruptcy is impossible.

Bankruptcy can help mitigate your student loans in a variety of ways, including a full discharge of the debt owed.  There are even private student loans that can be easily discharged in bankruptcy; for example, loans for schools or education that was obtained at an “ineligible education institution.”

In this specific case, the debtor was an unmarried woman in her mid-thirties with no dependents.  She had suffered a variety of mental issues since her mid-teens, including eating disorders, anxiety, depression and self-harm (i.e. – cutting), which had adversely affected both her academic endeavors and her ability to maintain employment.  She obtained educational loans totaling approximately $204,525.00, which included $57,489.11 owed to the U.S. Dept. of Education, $47,900.00 owed to Educational Credit Management Corporation, and $99,136.00 owed to Iowa Student Loan.

She filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 15, 2010.  On July 23, 2010, she filed a complaint to determine whether her student loans could be discharged.  The matter was tried, and on December 1, 2010, the bankruptcy court entered a memorandum decision in which it concluded, “excepting the educational loan debts Debtor owed to the United States Department of Education, Iowa Student Loan, and Educational Credit Management Corporation from discharge would impose an undue hardship on Debtor and a judgment determining those debts were discharged.”

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at