The fee to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is currently $335. If you cannot afford to pay this fee up front or in installments, you might qualify for a waiver of the fee. Along with your other bankruptcy forms, you will have to complete and file an Application for Waiver of the Chapter 7 Filing Fee (Form 3B).
Who Qualifies for a Chapter 7 Fee Waiver?
You qualify for a fee waiver if:
you are an individual (businesses cannot apply for fee waivers)
you are filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy
you cannot pay the fee in installments over 120 days, and
your combined family income is less than 150% of the official poverty line. (See chart below.)
If you cannot afford to pay the fee up front, but can pay in installments, you can file an Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments.