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Are you overwhelmed by the amount of your student debt? Is it affecting your ability to take care of yourself and your family? You’re not alone. Unmanageable student debt is a growing social problem in the commonwealth. The Bankruptcy Code provides for the discharge of student debt — but only upon a showing of “undue hardship” on the student borrower and his or her dependents.

Recognizing that the student borrowers most likely to be eligible for an “undue hardship” discharge in bankruptcy will not have the resources to hire a trial lawyer, the Massachusetts Bar Association, in partnership with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Student Debt Working Group, has established a panel of pro bono attorneys and law firms willing to represent student borrowers for free in adversary proceedings seeking to discharge student debt in their bankruptcy cases.

Student borrowers will be referred to the program from a variety of sources, including the Attorney General’s Student Loan Assistance Unit, the National Consumer Law Center, the Volunteer Lawyers Project and members of the consumer bankruptcy bar. 
To see if you qualify for free legal assistance from the MBA’s Student Loan Bankruptcy Assistance Project, please email studentloan@massbar.org.

Are you an attorney interested in providing pro bono services to student loan borrowers seeking to discharge student debt in bankruptcy? Email studentloan@massbar.org.