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How Much Does It Cost to File for Bankruptcy?

Tips for keeping bankruptcy costs down, from court filing fees to mandatory counseling costs to getting legal help.
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Updated: 2020-07-16
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In 2021, it costs $338 to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and $313 for Chapter 13, unless you get a fee waiver from the court. But additional costs can mount up, too. You may also have to pay for:

  • advice and information to help you decide whether to file
  • mandatory credit counseling before you file
  • preparing your forms for filing and making the required number of copies
  • other court procedures that may be required or beneficial, and
  • mandatory debt-management class after bankruptcy.

Your total cost will depend on:

  • whether you qualify for fee waivers
  • whether you qualify for free legal aid services (if they are available where you live)
  • whether you handle the form preparation and filing yourself or pay someone to help you, and
  • how complicated your financial situation is

For an overview of costs and tips on keeping them down, select your state from the list on this page.


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