By: Michael L. Moskowitz and Melissa A. Guseynov

We have reported extensively over the years regarding the judicial treatment of student loans in bankruptcy, particularly with respect to how federal courts have interpreted section 523(a)(8) of the Bankruptcy Code, which bars a debtor from discharging certain student loan debt. See 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(8). However, in a recent decision issued by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the court held that private student loan debt is indeed dischargeable in bankruptcy. In re Hilal K. Homaidan, Case No. 20-1981 (2d. Cir. July 15, 2021).  Read the full opinion here. Significantly, this decision aligns the Second Circuit with the Fifth and Tenth Circuits.