Financial Management Course (Debtor Education)
Individuals must complete a personal financial management course with an approved provider after filing bankruptcy but before the
bankruptcy discharge is scheduled to issue. If both spouses have filed a joint bankruptcy petition, both spouses must complete
the course. Courses are available in person, by telephone, and via the internet and in a variety of languages.
Individuals have about
two months after the bankruptcy case is filed to complete the financial management course. But donít delay. Please be aware that if
you fail to complete the course and provide your attorney with a copy of the certificate at least 15 days before your discharge is
scheduled to issue, your bankruptcy case may be closed without the issuance of a discharge.
There is nominal charge for the financial
management course (usually between $10 and $40). The charge can be waived for those with low incomes.
Many organizations provide financial
management courses. An up to date list of approved educators can be found at:
Two of the organizations
Law Office of
Stephen K. Haynes