Still owe student loans?The federal government can seize a person’s Social Security benefits to pay old student loans, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday.
The benefits of a disabled man, James Lockhart, had been cut by 15% to cover debts he incurred for college in the 1980s. He argued that needs all of his $874 monthly check to pay for food and medication.
The Bush administration had maintained that the case was important because outstanding student loans total about $33 billion, which includes about $7 billion in delinquent debt, government lawyers have said.
Read the CNN story here.
Read the court’s decision (by retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) here.