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Student Loan Discharge

Under certain conditions, a federal student loan borrower may be relieved from further repayment obligations by having their federal student loans discharged. Discharge provisions are available under both the Direct Loan and FFEL programs.

Loan discharge differs from forgiveness. While both involve the cancellation of debt, forgiveness is generally provided in exchange for service in a particular occupation (especially a high-need area) or for giving back to the community in other ways. Loan discharge generally occurs in situations where the borrower can’t repay the debt (e.g., death, disability, and bankruptcy) or rejects the debt (e.g., fraud, identity theft, false certification, or unpaid refund).

The main types of student loan discharge include:

Federal student loans are not eligible for discharge solely because the borrower feels that the school provided an inferior quality education or because the student was unable to get a job after graduation.

Whether a student loan is subject to statutes of limitation, the defense of infancy, and the defense of laches depends on whether the loan is a federal student loan or a private student loan. Federal student loans are not subject to these defenses; private student loans are. Statutes of limitation for private student loans also vary according to state.

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In order to qualify for private student loan refinancing, lenders require a strong credit score with proof of income and employment history. In some cases a cosigner may be required. Also, if you have adverse credit history, including a prior student loan default*, you may not be eligible. * Default = 270 days late/missed payment on a federal loan and typically 90 days late/missed payment on a private loan(contact your lender for exact definition of default).

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