If you have seen the news recently, you know that student loan debt in the United States is at an all-time high. It currently totals over $1 trillion, more than 6% of the overall national debt. With this high level of student loans, the delinquency rate has risen too, from 7.55 percent in 2008 to 10.9 percent in 2013. This is the national trend, and people with cancer often face additional challenges in paying off student debt— for example, if they have to postpone finishing a degree or if they can’t work right away because of treatment.While there is no magic answer, information about how to deal with student loans can help. The nonprofit American Student Assistance recently released a comprehensive guide to student loan forgiveness and discharge. The section on Medical Debt is especially helpful for people with cancer facing student loan debt. Download it here. The National Consumer Law Center also provides information with its Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project: http://www.studentloanborrowerassistance.org/.