Bankruptcy and Student Loans
Student loans can be a burden on anyone. With other bills piling up and your student loans to pay on top of that, sometimes people seek bankruptcy as a way out. If you find yourself in this category, then please pay careful attention to the rest of this article! You need to understand these points before you even consider bankruptcy as an option.
The first misconception is that bankruptcy is an end-all be-all for debt. That’s not true! If you file for bankruptcy, your lenders will still expect you to pay your student loans and you are still obligated to do so. The only way to get out of paying them is to prove that your student loans are a huge financial hardship. The down side is that you just filed bankruptcy, so if the rest of your debt has been handled with the bankruptcy then chances are the payments for your student loans are now much easier to pay.
If you think that they are a large financial hardship, then you are going to have to show that you will never be able to pay off the loan according to the length of the loan. You have to show that no matter what, even down the road, you still won’t be able to pay off your loan. You also will most likely need to be behind in your payments because the lenders need to see that you are actually putting forth effort to pay them back. That means both paying them what you can, and working as much as you can to come up with their money. The real down side of attempting to get rid of these loans is that there is no set rule on what counts and what doesn’t. When you file for bankruptcy, it will be up to that person to determine whether or not student loans will fall under the bankruptcy, and even then it’s up to their discretion.
Even if you filed bankruptcy already and aren’t getting bills sent from your lenders (they can’t do this if you have filed) that does not mean the loan has vanished. Instead, it means that the loan is sitting there collecting interest. That’s right, the interest you owe just builds up over time and when you come out of bankruptcy, the lender will expect that you pay them the money you owe plus the new interest.
So if you can’t file bankruptcy but your student loans are still causing a problem, what can you do? Well you still have options. One option might be to consider consolidating your student loans. Depending on which consolidation service you choose, they have many different options on how you can consolidate and repay these loans.
Another thing you should do is call your lender and let them know that you are having trouble paying them back. Sometimes they have different options you can take. You might be able to differ the loans if you are looking at a short term financial hardship situation. They might be able to come up with a different payment schedule that accomodates your situation. Just talk to them as they deal with these types of situations every day. You never know how they might be able to help you.
While bankruptcy is an option, if student loans are the only thing bringing you down financially, then you should consider other options. The chances are too slim that you will have your student loans fall under the bankruptcy and again, even if you are not paying during that time, your interest is collecting. Call your lender and ask them for help. After all, you are paying them money, they want to make sure they get the most they can and will work with you as best as possible.