By financen | March 19, 2012 - 4:19 pm - Posted in Debt

Its the time when all the financial analysts across the US are predicting that college students have now amassed more than $1 trillion in debt from student loans. This is a lot more than the overall credit card debt in the US.

According to the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, college seniors who completed their graduation with student loans in 2010 owed an average of $25,250. This is five percent more than the previous year. Parents had an average of $34,000 in student loans for their children. This figure has also gone up by 75% from 2005.

Students and their parents are borrowing endlessly creating records and its putting more and more families in a deeper hole. If it continues like this, the system will set people to become economically non-functional for the rest of their life.

With the current law, it is practically impossible to get out of student loan debt through bankruptcy. And these kinds of loans do not go past the statute of limitations. This means that the lenders and creditors can claim for their money legally at any point of life and it needs to be paid back.

Many students get a lot of grants. Usually a college student is having more number of grants than loans. A bill was recently introduced in Congress, called the ‘Private student loan bankruptcy fairness act‘. It would treat private student loan debt the same as other consumer debt. If it passes, students and parents who are in a financial bind would be able to seek bankruptcy protection.

Student loan debt is still nowhere near outstanding mortgage debt in the U.S., which stands at about $13.5 billion.

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