CDEL’s client, Robert*, came to CDEL because his Social Security income was being garnished for an old student loan. In the 1970s Robert took out a student loan for approximately $12,000 that with interest had escalated to over $30,000. Robert is a seventy-six-year-old veteran living with multiple disabilities and his only source of income is less than $1000 of Social Security income each month. Approximately $90 per month of his already low income was being garnished for his student loans and impacting his ability to pay rent, afford medications, and access healthy food. CDEL assisted Robert by filing paperwork to have the loans discharged due to Robert’s disability. After reviewing the submission the Department of Education agreed and now Robert receives his full Social Security check each month. 

* Name has been changed