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Student Debt Relief

Don’t let student loans get in the way of your financial future. At OlsenDaines, our mission is to alleviate the stress associated with debt and help you regain control of your finances. With over four decades of experience serving Oregon, our student loan attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to bring you closer to financial freedom.

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Nearly 40 years ago, our bankruptcy firm was one of the first law practices to offer free consultations to potential bankruptcy clients. It is our mission to educate, inform and empower people about their legal options for dealing with debt. We believe information goes a long way toward helping with the stress of filing bankruptcy.

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Affordable Legal Help

If you are struggling with student debt, then it may feel overwhelming to add on the cost of legal services. However, your financial recovery is our top priority, which is why we provide legal assistance at affordable rates. We disclose our fees from the very start and offer a variety of payment plans to make our services accessible.

Get Rid of Your Student Loans

If you’re having trouble dealing with student loans, don’t wait any longer to take action. Though it may be daunting to try and understand the Department of Education’s loan policies, you don’t have to go through it alone. 

The lawyers at OlsenDaines are committed to helping you find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. As the most experienced consumer debt relief law firm in the Pacific Northwest, our team will be able to examine your situation and create a relief plan that is tailored to your needs. Just give us a call today to schedule your free legal consultation and take the first step toward financial recovery.

Student Loan Forgiveness FAQs

Student loan forgiveness is the umbrella term for reducing or eliminating student debt. While bankruptcy discharge is one method of forgiveness, it is not the only option. Here’s a quick breakdown of the different types of student loan forgiveness and who they can help:

  • Bankruptcy discharge: If you’re struggling with a combination of debts beyond just student loans, then bankruptcy may be the best option to wipe the slate clean and begin your road to financial recovery. This method can help you eliminate credit card debt, medical bills, personal loans, overdue utilities, and more in addition to student loans. 
  • One-time debt relief: As a part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s student debt relief plan, the Department of Education may offer up to $20,000 forgiveness to eligible federal loan borrowers. However, some groups have filed lawsuits against the policy that are being taken to the Supreme Court in February of 2023. Until the Supreme Court reaches a decision, this form of forgiveness is temporarily unavailable. 
  • Income-driven repayment (IDR) forgiveness: IDR plans use your monthly income and household size to determine your monthly payment amount. Most borrowers will have their loans completely forgiven after making a certain number of payments over the course of 20-25 years.
  • Public service loan forgiveness (PSLF): Government and nonprofit employees who have made at least 120 qualifying payments may be able to eliminate the entire remaining balance of their Direct Loans. These payments must be a part of an income-driven repayment (IDR) plan. 
  • Teachers, military, or AmeriCorps: Some programs exist to assist teachers and service members with their student loans, either through partial forgiveness or low interest rates. These often have specific stipulations and requirements.

If you aren’t sure which type of debt relief is right for you, reach out to the experts at OlsenDaines! Our student loan lawyers have decades of experience helping people reach financial freedom. During your free legal consultation, we can discuss your unique situation and begin creating a game plan for your success.

Yes, bankruptcy can get rid of student loans! Though it has historically been extremely difficult to get rid of student debt by filing for bankruptcy, recent policy changes from the US Department of Education make the process more feasible than ever before.

Student loans are treated differently than other types of debt when it comes to filing for bankruptcy. To be considered for forgiveness, the borrower has to start a separate lawsuit case against their lender. This case is called an adversary proceeding, and during this process the borrower must prove that the student loans are causing undue hardship. 

For a more in-depth explanation about this process, read our blog here or get in touch with one of our student debt lawyers today.

The new Department of Education policy changes make student loan discharge more accessible through bankruptcy


Historically it has been extremely difficult for borrowers to prove that the loans are causing “undue hardship”, largely because the term was previously undefined and left up to an individual court’s interpretation. The Department of Education is rectifying this problem by setting clear standards by which the courts will judge each case.


To learn more about how the policy updates impact the student loan discharge process during a bankruptcy case, read our blog here or give us a call today.

If your student loans are causing financial hardship, you may qualify for forgiveness. However, each person’s situation is unique and there are many factors to consider, which can make it challenging to determine the best course of action – but don’t worry, that’s where we can help! Our attorneys strive to educate, inform, and empower people about their legal options when handling debt relief. No matter what your circumstances are, we would be happy to meet with you in a free legal consultation to start planning your roadmap to financial freedom.

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