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New York attorney Austin C. Smith writes an important article in the American Bankruptcy Institute under the heading The Misinterpretation of 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(8) suggesting that federal courts have been misapplying the student loan exception to discharge since 1990.

Section 523(8) of the Bankruptcy Code provides that bankruptcy does not discharge an individual debtor from


The 8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel denied Kathryn Nielen’s application to discharge her student loans, and the result, although discouraging in many respects, is not all that surprising. (Nielsen vs. ACS Inc, No. 13-6034, 8th BAP 2014)  The debtor graduated high school in 1995 and went on to obtain an Associates of Science degree in


There has been a definite change in the attitude of bankruptcy courts are taking towards the discharge of student loans in bankruptcy.  I am reading cases throughout the nation that indicate a greater willingness of the Courts to discharge these debts.  A case affecting debtors in Nebraska with student loan debt underscore this recent change

I think most bankruptcy attorneys would agree that Student Loans are the single most difficult debt to discharge in bankruptcy.  This is because Section 523(a)(8) of the Bankruptcy Code prohibits the discharge of student loans unless the debtor can show that it imposes an “undue hardship” on the debtor and the debtor’s dependents.   Proving that