21 percent of borrowers at 2-year colleges in Arizona default on student loans


At South Mountain Community College, 33  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, 22 two-year institutions based in Arizona reported 46,656 students entered repayment on student loans in 2014. And 9,582 – or 20.5 percent, above the national rate of 11.5 percent – defaulted on those loans

Arizona 2-year schools with highest default rates

RankSchoolCityNumber of Borrowers in RepayNumber of Borrowers in DefaultDefault Rate (%)
1South Mountain Community College                                 Phoenix             1,02934333.3
2Phoenix College                                                  Phoenix             3,14597531.0
3Yavapai College                                                  Prescott            77119725.5
4Gateway Community College                                        Phoenix             1,57839024.7
5Mesa Community College                                           Mesa                5,0331,15222.8
6Central Arizona College                                          Coolidge            1,00822722.5
7Estrella Mountain Community College                              Avondale            1,68838022.5
8Rio Salado Community College                                     Tempe               4,9911,09521.9
9Glendale Community College                                       Glendale            3,49571520.4
10Paradise Valley Community College                                Phoenix             1,26624919.6
11Pima County Community College                                    Tucson              4,03778019.3
12Scottsdale Community College                                     Scottsdale          1,57430219.1
13Carrington College                                               Phoenix             2,40045819.0
14Universal Technical Institute                                    Phoenix             4,45381918.3
15Coconino County Community College                                Flagstaff           4928918.0
16Mohave Community College                                         Kingman             86915217.4
17Chandler - Gilbert Community College                             Chandler            1,75230417.3
18Arizona Western College                                          Yuma                3906717.1
19Universal Technical Institute                                    Avondale            5,45676013.9
20Southwest Institute Of Healing Arts                              Tempe               5547513.5
21Refrigeration School (The)                                       Phoenix             413378.9
22Cochise College                                                  Sierra Vista        262166.1
Source: U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

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