Can student loan money be garnished from a joint checking account?
I am a college student and I applied for federal student aid through FAFSA. I took out more than my tuition bill was for so I received a federal refund of $6700. I had them deposit it into my checking account, which my mother's name is also on. My mother was sued for an old credit card debt of hers and they garnished all of her checking accounts, including mine because it had her name on it. Is there anything that I can do to try to get my money back? Can my student loan money be taken for something like that, even if the settlement had nothing to do with me? I can't sue my mom, she has no money.
What a fiasco. They can as evidenced that they did! Student aid and assistance is, I believe, protected from garnishment. Notice tot he bank was the issue. I would at this point in time advise the bank that the funds deposited were exempt and your property (but once deposited they take on the appearance of joint so there was the problem) then I would send a letter to the Creditor by certified mail, return receipt requested and advise them that the funds were yours and exempt from garnishment under the law. That you demand return (not likely) and that if you do not receive them within 30 days you will seek the help of the court. The speak with at attorney in your area about your ability to sue the creditor for repayment of the debt. You Mother also has to do something about the garnishment order. Good luck.