By sifilings Sep 13 2012 Student DebtStudent Dies, But Student Loan Debt Lives On 1519 reads There are 3 Comments Federal student loans are discharged upon death Jim - Thu, 09/13/2012 - 12:11pm http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation Federal student loans are discharged upon death If you, the borrower, die, then your federal student loans will be discharged. If a parent co-signed a private (non-Federal) loan with a student .... the co-signer would pay Twitter Jim's Doctrinal Statement Really?? pvawter - Thu, 09/13/2012 - 7:12pm So, what if it had been $100,000 in credit card debt? Would the parents have petitioned to have that debt forgiven? (Before you ask, I don't know how much she owed. I just picked a round number.) What if it was a husband and father of four who just took out a mortgage? Should the bank just forgive it? What a ridiculous response. This is also what life Shaynus - Fri, 09/14/2012 - 6:38am This is also what life insurance is for.