Private colleges, universities report borrower default rate of 8.2%

At United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, 41.4 percent of borrowers who started repaying student loans in 2014 defaulted on those loans by the end of 2016, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

The analysis uses data that tracks borrowers at privately controlled colleges and universities receiving federal student aid. The 2014 cohort accounts for borrowers who entered repayment on selected federal loans in the given fiscal year and defaulted before the end of the second fiscal year.   

Altogether, nearly 1,500 public institutions had 1.4 million borrowers in repayment in the 2014 cohort. And 114,405 of them were in default – a default rate of 8.22 percent, which is below the national rate of about 11.5 percent.

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200 private schools with highest default rates

SchoolCityStateBorrowers in defaultBorrowers in repaymentDefault rate (%)
United Tribes Technical CollegeBismarckND5312841.4
Everest CollegeChesapeakeVA30786335.5
Virginia University Of LynchburgLynchburgVA7923533.6
Concordia College AlabamaSelmaAL11233833.1
WyotechOrmond BeachFL20061132.7
Everest UniversityTampaFL113653552531.9
Northwest Hvac/R Association & TrainingSpokaneWA113531.4
Everest CollegeWoodbridgeVA917304330.1
Everest CollegeColorado SpringsCO342114129.9
Louisburg CollegeLouisburgNC13444929.8
Everest InstituteSouthfieldMI2596897028.9
Starting PointsJersey CityNJ134528.8
Everest CollegeHendersonNV648227028.5
Talladega CollegeTalladegaAL14250328.2
Selma UniversitySelmaAL8329827.8
University Of Rio GrandeRio GrandeOH300107627.8
Helms CollegeMaconGA238427.3
Great Lakes Christian CollegeLansingMI228127.1
Hiwassee CollegeMadisonvilleTN217826.9
Rust CollegeHolly SpringsMS11241926.7
Everest InstituteSan AntonioTX328123626.5
North American UniversityStaffordTX93426.4
Paine CollegeAugustaGA10238526.4
WyotechLaramieWY675255226.4
Livingstone CollegeSalisburyNC11644426.1
Everest CollegeThorntonCO18169626.0
Everest CollegeEverettWA442172125.6
Carver Bible CollegeAtlantaGA114325.5
Texas CollegeTylerTX11946525.5
Clinton CollegeRock HillSC187125.3
Career School Of NyStaten IslandNY176825.0
East-West UniversityChicagoIL13855025.0
Paul Quinn CollegeDallasTX3313324.8
Lemoyne - Owen CollegeMemphisTN12952824.4
Edward Waters CollegeJacksonvilleFL9137324.3
Alaska Christian CollegeSoldotnaAK145923.7
Caribbean UniversityBayamonPR21791423.7
Expertise Cosmetology InstituteLas VegasNV3012723.6
Ohio Christian UniversityCirclevilleOH371158223.4
Martin UniversityIndianapolisIN10645423.3
Maccormac CollegeChicagoIL229523.1
Shorter CollegeNorth Little RockAR198223.1
Arkansas Baptist CollegeLittle RockAR9340622.9
Chowan UniversityMurfreesboroNC12755322.9
Stillman CollegeTuscaloosaAL9943822.6
Saint Augustine'S UniversityRaleighNC14966122.5
North Central Opportunities Industrialization CenterFairmontWV208922.4
Shaw UniversityRaleighNC241107222.4
Ancilla Domini CollegeDonaldsonIN5725522.3
Apex School Of TheologyDurhamNC4018022.2
Arlington Baptist UniversityArlingtonTX167222.2
Heritage Bible CollegeDunnNC177722.0
Central Christian College Of KansasMcphersonKS6328721.9
Trinity Baptist CollegeJacksonvilleFL188221.9
Andrew CollegeCuthbertGA3214721.7
Wilberforce UniversityWilberforceOH5324921.2
Ailey School (The)New YorkNY188521.1
Johnson C Smith UniversityCharlotteNC12960921.1
Southwestern Christian CollegeTerrellTX167621.0
National Latino Education InstituteChicagoIL73420.5
Crowley'S Ridge CollegeParagouldAR104920.4
Wiley CollegeMarshallTX10953320.4
Epic Bible CollegeSacramentoCA2612820.3
Philander Smith CollegeLittle RockAR5527020.3
Tiffin UniversityTiffinOH692343420.1
Portland Actors ConservatoryPortlandOR73520.0
Voorhees CollegeDenmarkSC6633020.0
Lackawanna CollegeScrantonPA18391619.9
Carolina College Of Biblical StudiesFayettevilleNC94619.5
Randall UniversityMooreOK157719.4
Pontifical Catholic University Of Puerto Rico (The)PoncePR444229419.3
Indiana Institute Of TechnologyFort WayneIN449233119.2
Gupton-Jones CollegeDecaturGA2211618.9
Dallas Institute Of Funeral ServiceDallasTX168518.8
Tougaloo CollegeTougalooMS6232918.8
American University Of Puerto RicoBayamonPR4624718.6
Community Christian CollegeRedlandsCA84318.6
Tri-State Bible CollegeSouth PointOH105418.5
School Of Urban MissionsOaklandCA2815218.4
Urbana UniversityUrbanaOH7239018.4
Fisher CollegeBostonMA12769218.3
Virginia Union UniversityRichmondVA12769118.3
Harrisburg University Of Science And TechnologyHarrisburgPA189918.1
North Carolina Wesleyan CollegeRocky MountNC11864918.1
Piedmont International UniversityWinston SalemNC7541618.0
Center For Employment TrainingSan JoseCA309172117.9
Charlotte Christian College And Theological SeminaryCharlotteNC126717.9
Fisk UniversityNashvilleTN3318417.9
Pine Manor CollegeChestnut HillMA2312817.9
Warner UniversityLake WalesFL7743017.9
Hypnosis Motivation InstituteTarzanaCA1810117.8
Northpoint Bible CollegeHaverhillMA169017.7
Compass College Of Cinematic ArtsGrand RapidsMI63417.6
Webber International UniversityBabson ParkFL6235517.4
Southwestern Christian UniversityBethanyOK4626917.1
Workforce Institute'S City College, ThePhiladelphiaPA127017.1
Precision Manufacturing InstituteMeadvillePA74117.0
Truett Mcconnell UniversityClevelandGA3118217.0
Bethune Cookman UniversityDaytona BeachFL243144016.8
Spartanburg Methodist CollegeSpartanburgSC6337316.8
Baker CollegeFlintMI27001615216.7
Harcum CollegeBryn MawrPA12675616.6
Jarvis Christian CollegeHawkinsTX4527116.6
Mid-Atlantic Christian UniversityElizabeth CityNC116616.6
Universidad Central De BayamonBayamonPR5533216.5
Valley Forge Military CollegeWaynePA2314016.4
Florida Memorial UniversityMiami GardensFL11167716.3
Calvary UniversityKansas CityMO138016.2
Mars Hill UniversityMars HillNC8954716.2
Morehouse CollegeAtlantaGA12275216.2
Villa Maria College Of BuffaloBuffaloNY4125216.2
Columbia CollegeColumbiaMO1137709016.0
Crossroads Bible CollegeIndianapolisIN127516.0
Mid America College Of Funeral ServiceJeffersonvilleIN95616.0
Brewton Parker CollegeMount VernonGA3723215.9
Mid-America Christian UniversityOklahoma CityOK214134515.9
Universidad Adventista De Las AntillasMayaguezPR4226515.8
University Of Northwestern OhioLimaOH296187415.7
Ferrum CollegeFerrumVA10063815.6
Cbd CollegeLos AngelesCA1912215.5
Messenger CollegeEulessTX127715.5
New York College Of Health ProfessionsSyossetNY4931615.5
Allen UniversityColumbiaSC5233715.4
Martin Methodist CollegePulaskiTN6441315.4
Trinity Health System School Of NursingSteubenvilleOH85215.3
Dunwoody College Of TechnologyMinneapolisMN7750415.2
Interdenominational Theological CenterAtlantaGA2315115.2
Thiel CollegeGreenvillePA4932215.2
Hodges UniversityNaplesFL207136615.1
Ntma Training Centers Of Southern CaliforniaSanta Fe SpringsCA8556015.1
Bethany CollegeBethanyWV4127414.9
Chatfield CollegeSaint MartinOH3523514.8
College Of Saint JosephRutlandVT1812114.8
Community Enhancement ServicesBurbankCA85414.8
Saint Louis Christian CollegeFlorissantMO1510114.8
Memphis College Of ArtMemphisTN1912914.7
Oakwood UniversityHuntsvilleAL9060914.7
Bloomfield CollegeBloomfieldNJ11981314.6
Calumet College Of Saint JosephWhitingIN5134714.6
Greensboro CollegeGreensboroNC5839614.6
Dean CollegeFranklinMA7048214.5
Alice Lloyd CollegePippa PassesKY2416914.2
International Baptist College & SeminaryChandlerAZ53514.2
Peirce CollegePhiladelphiaPA148103714.2
Visible Music CollegeMemphisTN64214.2
Heritage Christian UniversityFlorenceAL75014.0
Judson CollegeMarionAL1712114.0
Bethel UniversityMckenzieTN367263313.9
Huston - Tillotson UniversityAustinTX5539513.9
University Of PikevillePikevilleKY6647313.9
Emmanuel CollegeFranklin SpringsGA3424613.8
Employment SolutionsLexingtonKY2719513.8
Keiser UniversityFort LauderdaleFL14931076213.8
New York Theological SeminaryNew YorkNY96513.8
Art Academy Of CincinnatiCincinnatiOH75113.7
Pittsburgh Institute Of AeronauticsWest MifflinPA2820313.7
Campbellsville UniversityCampbellsvilleKY13599413.5
Missouri Valley CollegeMarshallMO8058913.5
Westmed CollegeSan JoseCA2518413.5
Carolina Christian CollegeWinston-SalemNC75213.4
Newbury CollegeBrooklineMA5137913.4
Pennsylvania College Of Art & DesignLancasterPA128913.4
Watkins College Of Art, Design & FilmNashvilleTN1410413.4
Wesley CollegeDoverDE9167613.4
California Christian CollegeFresnoCA43013.3
Midland UniversityFremontNE4836013.3
Bennett CollegeGreensboroNC3828713.2
Goodwin CollegeEast HartfordCT237179513.2
Hobart Institute Of Welding TechnologyTroyOH2619613.2
Alderson Broaddus UniversityPhilippiWV3828813.1
Faulkner UniversityMontgomeryAL192147013.0
American Baptist Theological SeminaryNashvilleTN43112.9
Boricua CollegeNew YorkNY2217012.9
Central School Of Practical NursingIndependenceOH118512.9
Davis CollegeJohnson CityNY107712.9
Rosemont CollegeRosemontPA4232412.9
Trinity College Of FloridaTrinityFL118512.9
College Of Biblical Studies-HoustonHoustonTX1713212.8
Heritage UniversityToppenishWA6449912.8
Valley Grande Institute For Academic StudiesWeslacoTX3728712.8
Culver-Stockton CollegeCantonMO3527412.7
Everglades UniversityBoca RatonFL7559012.7
Kentucky Christian UniversityGraysonKY2318012.7
Macmurray CollegeJacksonvilleIL2821912.7
Presentation CollegeAberdeenSD3930512.7
Ultimate Medical AcademyClearwaterFL1169917812.7
Belmont Abbey CollegeBelmontNC7559312.6
Boise Bible CollegeBoiseID97212.5
Central Baptist CollegeConwayAR3326212.5
Huntingdon CollegeMontgomeryAL5241312.5
William Penn UniversityOskaloosaIA8467212.5
Bacone CollegeMuskogeeOK6350712.4
Nyack CollegeNyackNY147118212.4
Reinhardt UniversityWaleskaGA5141112.4
Dillard UniversityNew OrleansLA5746112.3
Bethel CollegeNorth NewtonKS2016312.2
Finlandia UniversityHancockMI2923612.2
International Training CareersMiamiFL3226112.2
Keystone CollegeLa PlumePA7157912.2
Beacon CollegeLeesburgFL86612.1

Source: U.S. Department of Education

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