In legislation recently proposed by a senator, students who took out private loans may have them discharged in bankruptcy cases, an article by the Huffington Post stated on June 25.
In the Higher Education Affordability Act introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the option was proposed for struggling borrowers of private student loans to have their debts discharged through bankruptcy, as federal student loans can be. Individuals who borrow funds from private lenders struggle to settle their debts due to higher interest rates than loans from the government. A report by the Wall Street Journal said an estimated 15 percent of the total education debt was from individuals who borrowed from the private sector.
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