Resources for Those with Cancer & Student Loan Debt

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:


Education and Cancer: What are Your Rights?


September heralds a time of going back to school, shopping for school supplies, and excitement of seeing friends after the summer holidays.  But, for some children and parents, the fall brings additional questions.  Many children across the country are going through cancer treatments while in school – a situation that raises questions about how to balance school work and medical needs.  Thankfully, a number of laws, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provide students with the right to receive accommodations and necessary special education.

The Cancer Legal Resource Center offers webinars and trainings regarding the legal rights of students with cancer.  This educational opportunity is provided by a long-time volunteer of the CLRC and made possible by a grant from the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation, 2012 Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant.

For additional information about the rights for students with cancer check out valuable information from the American Cancer Society.