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New bipartisan bill proposes student loan bankruptcy discharge reform, and other current student loan news for the week of Aug. 16, 2021

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Sens. Dick Durbin and John Cornyn have announced a new bill that would make student loan discharge easier to obtain in bankruptcy. Here’s what to know about the bipartisan bill.

1 current trend within student loans for the week of Aug. 16, 2021

1. New bill seeks to make student loan bankruptcy discharges easier to obtain

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Republican Senator John Cornyn have proposed a bill calling for student loan bankruptcy discharge reform. The bipartisan bill, called the “FRESH START Through Bankruptcy Act of 2021,” would allow federal borrowers to discharge their loans in bankruptcy after 10 years from the start of payments.

If passed, the bill would:

  • Make federal student loans eligible for discharge in bankruptcy 10 years after the first payment is due.
  • Keep the existing undue hardship option for student loans that have been due for less than 10 years.
  • Increase accountability with colleges and universities with high loan defaults and low repayment rates.

How this affects student loans

Right now, getting your federal student loans discharged in bankruptcy is possible, but it is a difficult process. In order to get student loans discharged, borrowers must demonstrate “undue hardship” – a circumstance that is exceedingly rare. Should this new bill pass, more borrowers would have the opportunity to get relief through bankruptcy.

Key takeaway
A new bill could help borrowers get their student loans discharged in bankruptcy.

Here’s how you can get prepared

Whether you’re new to student loans or well into repayment, it’s wise to stay informed about how your student loan rates could change. As 2021 continues, more opportunities for cheaper loans or loan forgiveness could open up; keep an eye on the Bankrate student loans news hub for the latest trends.

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Written by
Hanneh Bareham
Student loans reporter
Hanneh Bareham specializes in everything related to student loans and helping you finance your next educational endeavor. She aims to help others reach their collegiate and financial goals through making student loans easier to understand.
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