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Token Payments That Increase Student Loan Debt Make No F’ing Sense

“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass – a idiot”. – Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist About a year ago, I blogged on the bankruptcy case of Tamara Parvizi, a 51-year-old unlicensed medical doctor who sought to discharge $650,000 in student debt –most …

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Why is the Department of Education Forgiving Loans But Chasing People in Bankruptcy?

Earlier this week, the Department of Education wiped away all student debt owed by more than a million former students who attended one of the Corinthian Colleges campuses. The cost? About $5.8 billion. Since his administration began, President Biden has approved $25 billion in loan forgiveness for 1.3 million student borrowers. That’s a lot of …

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Marchus v. Student Loans of North Dakota: Another Victory for Student-Loan Debtors in the Eighth Circuit

In 2020, Debra Jean Marchus filed an adversary proceeding in a North Dakota bankruptcy court, seeking to discharge about $38,000 in student-loan debt. After a trial, Bankruptcy Judge Shon Hastings wiped out the debt. As summarized in Judge Hastings’s decision, Ms. Marchus began her journey through higher education in 1975, forty-five years before she filed …

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Bankruptcy Judge Discharges $220K in Federal Student Loans

Diane Ashline, a 47-year old single mother, worked for 20 years as a dental assistant. Hoping to increase her income, she took out student loans to get an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree from Kaplan University, a for-profit school. Unfortunately, these degrees did not help her financially. Ashline never defaulted on her student loans. …

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Dept of Ed Position in Student Loan Bankruptcy Case is Nukin Futs

Tamara Parvizi, age 51, sought to discharge $653,743 in student-loan debt in a Massachusetts bankruptcy court. That’s a lot of debt–just shy of two-thirds of a million dollars. For 15 years, Parvizi took out student loans to pursue several degrees, and she became fluent in at least four languages. Nevertheless, Parvizi never made a single …

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Bankruptcy Judge – “This Student Loan Case Fits the Definition of Insanity”

In Goodvin v. Educational Credit Management Corporation, Judge Dale Somers, a Kansas bankruptcy judge, began his opinion with these words: “This student loan case fits the definition of insanity.” Judge Somers went on to chronicle the story of Jeffrey Goodvin. Mr. Goodvin attended Wichita State University for four years (1982-1986) but did not obtain a …

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Bankruptcy Judges Eliminates Federal Student Loans Without IDR First

Seth Koeut was born in Cambodia and came to the United States as a child. Like many immigrants, he applied himself energetically to obtain a better life. He graduated 6th in his high school class and went on to earn two bachelor’s degrees from Duke University. Mr. Koeut then went to medical school and received …

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A Bankruptcy Court Eliminates Grandmother’s Student Loans

Between 2006 and 2015, Jamie Mudd took out 41 student loans to attend Heald College, a for-profit institution, and San Joaquin Delta College, a public institution. In 2015, she rolled these loans into two consolidated federal loans, totally about $72,000. Mudd put her student loans into an income-based repayment plan (IBRP) that established her monthly …

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Judge Grants Partial Discharge of Private Student Loan Debt

Mendenhall v. Navient Corporation: A $76,000 student-loan debt grows fivefold In 2007, Steven Mendenhall obtained a bachelor’s degree in film and video production from Brooks Institute of Photography, a for-profit college in California, which later closed. To finance his studies, Mendenhall took out about $75,000 in federal student loans and $76,000 in private loans from …

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ECMC – Your Student Loans are a Life Sentence

The U.S. Department of Education and Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), DOE’s ruthless sidekick, don’t want anyone to get bankruptcy relief. This has been DOE’s policy for many years. Let’s take a look at Mosley v. Educational Credit Management Corporation, decided by the Eleventh Circuit back in 2007. As we will see, Mosley was clearly …

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