In the USA, people who have student loan debt, but who become totally and permanently disabled, can apply for student loan forgiveness. First, you provide the student loan folks (Nelnet) with an affidavit from the social security administration stating that you are totally and permanently disabled. You provide Nelnet with your proof of income, or lack thereof. (They will tell you everything they need from you.) You will give them this same information each year for the next three years. Finally, you will get to breathe a huge sigh of relief when you receive notification that your student loan debt has been forgiven.
thanks vintage, started on this a month ago because my monthly checks were getting garnished, so far it has stopped the garnishment but haven't rcvd notice of total forgiveness yet, said it would take about 30 days. I used my doctor as verification because the social security employee couldn't help me with forms I needed said I needed to physically come in to office. that irritated me so I had my doctor sign form provided by Nelnet and I turned in and am waiting for discharge. much easier dealing with doctor than dealing with government office for help.
In my case, Sam, (as best I can recall), I did send in a copy of a letter the hospital that had treated me had given me which described my injuries and how permanently and completely disabled I was, but I still had to get that letter from the social security administration. Gratefully, I dealt with a kind lady at the social security administration. She allowed me to give input on how to word the letter so that it would cover all the bases that the student loan people needed. Without her, I can see how I would have had your same experience. Even though they told you that the forgiveness would take 30 days, I think you will probably find that it will be 3 years before the forgiveness becomes irreversable.