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Understanding the Brunner Test for Student Loan Bankruptcies

According to Federal Reserve data, student loan debt has reached more than $1.5 trillion in the United States, with more than 44 million loan borrowers. Among those with student loan debt, 19 percent are behind on payments, up 5 percent since 2014. Now, student loan debt is the second highest consumer debt category behind mortgage debt. Even so, student loan debt continues to be one of the most difficult debts to get discharged in bankruptcy. Under the United States Bankruptcy Code, student loans are an exception to discharge. This means student loans are usually not exempt from personal liability when undergoing bankruptcy. However, if the debtor can prove that the loan repayment will cause “undue hardship” on the debtor and/or the debtor’s dependents, the student loans could be discharged without legal obligation to repay them. Because “undue hardship” is a subjective term and is undefined within the law, many courts…
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