Notwithstanding any provision of State law to the contrary-
A judgment of a State court for the recovery of money provided as grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter that has been assigned or transferred to the Secretary under this subchapter may be registered in any district court of the United States by filing a certified copy of the judgment and a copy of the assignment or transfer. A judgment so registered shall have the same force and effect, and may be enforced in the same manner, as a judgment of the district court of the district in which the judgment is registered.
This section shall not apply in the case of a student who is deceased, or to a deceased student's estate or the estate of such student's family. If a student is deceased, then the student's estate or the estate of the student's family shall not be required to repay any financial assistance under this subchapter, including interest paid on the student's behalf, collection costs, or other charges specified in this subchapter.
20 U.S.C. § 1091a
PRIOR PROVISIONSA prior section 1091a, Pub. L. 89-329, title IV, §484A, as added Pub. L. 99-272, title XVI, §16033, Apr. 7, 1986, 100 Stat. 355, related to statute of limitations, collection costs, and defense of infancy, prior to the general revision of this part by Pub. L. 99-498.Another prior section 1091a, Pub. L. 89-329, title V, §502, as added Pub. L. 90-35, §2(c), June 29, 1967, 81 Stat. 82; amended Pub. L. 91-230, title IV, §401(h)(4), title VIII, §802, Apr. 13, 1970, 84 Stat. 174, 190; Pub. L. 92-318, title I, §141(c)(1)(A), June 23, 1972, 86 Stat. 285, established the National Advisory Council on Education Professions Development and set forth functions, composition, etc., of the Council, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 94-482, title I, §151(a)(2), (b), Oct. 12, 1976, 90 Stat. 2151, effective Sept. 30, 1976.
AMENDMENTS2008-Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 110-315, §486(1), added par. (3). Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 110-315, §486(2), added subsec. (d).1998- Pub. L. 105-244, §484(1), inserted ", and State court judgments" after "limitations" in section catchline.Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 105-244, §484(2), added subsec. (c).1991-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-26 amended subsec. (a) generally, substituting provisions eliminating statute of limitations for student loan collections for provisions establishing six year limitations period for collection of such loans.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1998 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 105-244 effective Oct. 1, 1998, except as otherwise provided in Pub. L. 105-244 see section 3 of Pub. L. 105-244 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1991 AMENDMENT Pub. L. 102-26, §3(c), Apr. 9, 1991, 105 Stat. 125, as amended by Pub. L. 102-325, title XV, §15511551,, 105 Stat. 838, provided that: "The amendments made by this section [amending this section] shall be effective as if enacted by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 ( Public Law 99-272), and shall apply to any actions pending on or after the date of enactment of the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1991 [Apr. 9, 1991]."