Student Loan debt discharged due to Asperger's Syndrome
The American Bar Association is reporting that an individual suffering with Asperger's Syndrome has recently received a discharge of his student loan debt of about $339,000.
Student loans are typically not discharged in bankruptcy. In order to receive a discharge of student loans one must show that the loans are an undue hardship on the debtor and his dependants. One of the most common ways to show undue hardship is to prove to the court that you cannot work now any will likely never be able to work again in the future.
That is what happened here. The judge found that there is little likely hood that this debtor will ever be able to work.
It is worth noting that there is a current movement in Washington to make it such that private and not federally backed student loans will be discharged in bankruptcy.