How can I escape from my student loan debt?

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How can I escape from my student loan debt?

Student loans that are guaranteed by a governmental or nongovernmental, profit or nonprofit organization are dischargeable only on a showing of “undue hardship.” The undue hardship standard is very hard to meet, and different bankruptcy judges across the country apply different standards. If you have significant student loan debt, you must seek help from a qualified bankruptcy attorney who can explain the standards that apply in the area where you live.

Unlike practically every other legal liability, student loans never go away-there is currently no statute of limitations for student loan debt. If you think there’s even a remote possibility that you might ever be able to get a better job, you should investigate deferrals and forgiveness options with the lender or guarantor of your loans.

(Reviewed 11.14.08)

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