Student Loans In Bankruptcy Hardship Applications

2009-07-08   minute read

Last summer the law was changed so that individuals would only be released from Student Loan debts if they had last attended school more than seven years prior to filing bankruptcy. This was a reduction as the previous standard had been ten years. However, the act also provides that a person can make an application to the bankruptcy courts if they have been through a bankruptcy, have been out of school for five years and can demonstrate to the court that they will have continued hardship and will not be able to repay the student loans. Individuals in that situation are required to demonstrate to the court that they have acted in good faith, and also will have to show that they have no ability to make the required payments under the student loan. These sort of applications have not been common until recently and there is not likely ever to be a standard as to what constitutes hardship, but a person finding themselves in the above situation should at least consider making such a hardship application. A lawyer is likely required but sometimes it is not necessary, at least in Saskatchewan, for an actual hearing in court, if the student loan authorities can be convinced to consent to the application. It is unfortunate that the courts were not give authority to order reduced payments, but as the law stands this is a case of "all or nothing". If anyone has any questions on the above they should feel free to contact the nearest MNP office. Ian Schofield MNP Regina 306-790-7904

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