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Education for Bankruptcy Filers


The U.S. Trustee Program is accepting applications for providers of financial management instructional courses for bankruptcy filers.  Such courses are required under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) of 2005.  The press release is available online.

Though there also is a call for credit counseling related to BAPCPA, cooperative extension likely is best positioned to work with educational approaches related to building basic money management skills.  For details, visit the Department of Justice/US Trustee Web site.

To apply:

To expedite the application process for state and local cooperative extension services wishing to provide classroom-based education to bankruptcy filers, the U.S. Trustee Program has created an addendum to the full application.  The addendum shows those parts of the standard application that need to be filled out.  The full application is available online.

The addendum is available online along with a letter of explanation. (Note: applications using the streamlined submission process are still being accepted. There is a pending extension of the submission deadline of 12/31/05.)

To contact your trustee:

It may be beneficial to meet with your local representative of the U.S. Trustee Program prior to preparing your application. You can learn about your state's debtor population, the anticipated number of classes needed, and other providers in your state. To find your contact, visit the U.S. Trustee Program Nationwide Office Locator.


To further expedite the application process, you may use a curriculum already prepared by one of your extension colleagues and preapproved by the U.S. Trustee Program.  For each curriculum listed below, you have permission to use it without cost as long as you provide appropriate credits to the university.  These programs are from:

Kansas State University

Virginia Tech

Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension (New Jersey)

University of Missouri

University of New Hampshire


Bankruptcy Basics, U.S. Courts. Basic information to debtors, creditors, the media and the general public on the different aspects of the federal bankruptcy laws.

For More Information

Jane Schuchardt, Ph.D., National Program Leader


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