One of the topics we often discuss here on this blog is the nearly impossible task of discharging student loan debt. Many students leave college with a degree that is supposed to help them land a career-launching job; but with the job market still relatively unstable, this degree saddles post-graduates with immense debt and only a slightly improved chance of obtaining work.
There seems to be a growing movement, both at the local and federal levels, to try to make this sort of debt discharge possible. Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows the filer to clear out much of the debt they have. Sometimes this can be all of it; but in many cases, there is still a little bit of debt left over because it is protected (like with student debt).