19 percent of borrowers at 2-year colleges in Washington default on student loans


At Everest College in Everett, 25.6 percent of borrowers who started repaying student loans in 2014 defaulted on those loans by the end of 2016, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

The data includes two-year public colleges. The Federal Student Aid Office compiles data on schools receiving federal student aid who entered repayment on selected federal loans in the given fiscal year and defaulted before the end of the second fiscal year.

In total, 11 two-year institutions based in Washington reported 8,589 students entered repayment on student loans in 2014. And 1,668 – or 19.42 percent, above the national rate of 11.5 percent – defaulted on those loans

Washington 2-year schools with highest default rates

RankSchoolCityNumber of Borrowers in RepayNumber of Borrowers in DefaultDefault Rate (%)
1Everest College                                                  Everett             1,72144225.6
2Spokane Community College                                        Spokane             2,14745821.3
3Lower Columbia College                                           Longview            69114320.6
4Walla Walla Community College                                    Walla Walla         69613819.8
5Big Bend Community College                                       Moses Lake          3887619.5
6Bates Technical College                                          Tacoma              4287818.2
7South Puget Sound Community College                              Olympia             5969015.1
8Everett Community College                                        Everett             75810914.3
9Shoreline Community College                                      Shoreline           7379813.2
10Northwest School Of Wooden Boat Building                         Port Hadlock        50612.0
11Perry Technical Institute                                        Yakima              377307.9
Source: U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

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