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Can My Social Security Check be Garnished for Student Loan Payments? – Sherry

“Dear Steve,

I am 70 years old and live on Social Security. I have a small student loan that is very difficult if even possible to make.

Can my Social Security Check be attached for the payments?


Dear Sherry,

If it is a government backed student loan then yes, your social security check can be garnished.

Please update me on your progress by posting updates here in the comments section of your question. I’m very interested in how this works out for you.


You are not alone. I'm here to help. There is no need to suffer in silence. We can get through this. Tomorrow can be better than today. Don't give up.

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  • Thank you for answering my question. It gave me another area to research. Here is more information and I would appreciate a reply asap. The student loan is through Western States LearningCorporation. It is a private nonprofit organization. It helps different organizations including government agencies. SO, The big question again is, can my SS check be garnasheed? Thank you so much. Sherry

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