How To Discharge Student Debt: A Look At The Brunner Test

By Steven Werth (June 11, 2019, 3:03 PM EDT) -- We may fondly remember 2019 as the last year in which American student loan debt totaled less than $2 trillion. This issue is increasingly part of the American national discussion. It will be a talking point during the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Some candidates have already proposed solutions, ranging from free secondary education to wholesale elimination of the debt.

A second type of student loan discussion is also occurring — in bankruptcy courts. The discussion is what a debtor must demonstrate in order to discharge student loan debt. Section 523(a)(8) of the Bankruptcy Code allows a discharge of this debt for...

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