WORLD FUTURE FUND
RIGHTS FOR STUDENT DEBTORS
TIME TO BREAK THE CHAINS!
ALL STUDENT DEBTORS MUST GET
UPDATED FOR 2019!
Student debt is now emerging a major financial crisis in America.
Consumers now owe more on their student loans than their credit cards.
Student loans outstanding today — both federal and private — total some
While student loan debt was dischargeable in bankruptcy prior to 1978, the US Bankruptcy Code of 1978 made an exception for bankruptcy discharge of education loans This law which was strengthened as recently as 2005 with the Bankruptcy Abuse Protection Act. (Finaid) The fact that these loans are not dischargeable through bankruptcy is a uniquely harsh measure that even gambling and credit card debt is not subject to.
It is time to change the law so that students can declare bankruptcy on their debt.
Bankruptcy Reform Bills in Current Congress:
Press Release (Dick Durbin Official Website, 5-9-19)
On May 9th, 2019, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-01) and John Katko (R-NY-24) introduced a bicameral bill that would give Americans overwhelmed by student loan debt the option of obtaining meaningful bankruptcy relief. The "Student Borrower Bankruptcy Relief Act of 2019" would eliminate the section of the bankruptcy code that makes private and federal student loans nondischargeable, allowing these loans to be treated like nearly all other forms of consumer debt.
Dick Durbin said the following about the bill: “Filing for bankruptcy should be a last resort, but for those student borrowers who have no realistic path to pay back their crushing student loan debt, it should be available as an option to help them get back on their feet. Our nation faces a student debt crisis, and it’s time to restore the meaningful availability of bankruptcy relief to student loan borrowers.” (Dick Durbin)
Elizabeth Warren said the following about the bill: “Long before I came to the Senate, I fought my heart out to keep student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy. But over and over again, Congress chipped away at this critical protection for student loan borrowers. The Student Borrower Bankruptcy Relief Act fully restores this protection, and I’m thrilled to work with Senator Durbin to fight for this legislation.” (Dick Durbin)
H.R. 770 Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy Act of 2019 (Read Bill Here)
Bankruptcy Reform Bills in Last Congress:
This bill amends the federal bankruptcy code to permit a borrower to discharge in bankruptcy a nonprofit, government, or private student loan, or an obligation to repay an educational benefit, scholarship, or stipend.
This is the only bill that gets the job done, covering government and private loans.
An act to give private student loans the same treatment as nearly all other forms of private unsecured debt.
This bill amends the federal bankruptcy code to allow an individual whose student loan debt is discharged due to undue hardship to recover court costs and attorney's fees for the discharge proceeding if the court finds that the position of the creditor opposing the discharge was not substantially justified.
New questions about potential illegality by Navient, the main servicer of student loans. See the CNBC article here.
THE HUMAN SIDE OF THE CRISIS
Student Loan Finance Reform:
S.1162 - Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act Sponsor: Elizabeth Warren (D) Cosponsor: Richard Durbin (D) and 36 others
This legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the interest rates offered to new federal borrowers in the 2016-2017 school year.
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Government Regulators and Law
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