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


At Everest College in Chesapeake, 36  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, 28 two-year institutions based in Virginia reported 30,082 students entered repayment on student loans in 2014. And 5,711 – or 18.98 percent, above the national rate of 11.5 percent – defaulted on those loans

Virginia 2-year schools with highest default rates

RankSchoolCityNumber of Borrowers in RepayNumber of Borrowers in DefaultDefault Rate (%)
1Everest College                                                  Chesapeake          86330735.5
2Everest College                                                  Woodbridge          3,04391730.1
3Fortis College                                                   Norfolk             1,01525224.8
4Advanced Technology Institute                                    Virginia Beach      2776423.1
5J Sargeant Reynolds Community College                            Richmond            2,10846021.8
6Central Virginia Community College                               Lynchburg           1683621.4
7Blue Ridge Community College                                     Weyers Cave         63912519.5
8Virginia Western Community College                               Roanoke             88316718.9
9Danville Community College                                       Danville            2604918.8
10Tidewater Community College                                      Norfolk             5,5341,02818.5
11Lord Fairfax Community College                                   Middletown          4297818.1
12Miller-Motte Technical College                                   Lynchburg           3,07555818.1
13Eastern Virginia Career College                                  Fredericksburg      1462617.8
14New River Community College                                      Dublin              61710817.5
15Dabney S Lancaster Community College                             Clifton Forge       1522617.1
16Piedmont Virginia Community College                              Charlottesville     4938417.0
17Wytheville Community College                                     Wytheville          1302216.9
18Thomas Nelson Community College                                  Hampton             1,98433116.6
19Chester Career College                                           Chester             1222016.3
20Germanna Community College                                       Locust Grove        4627516.2
21Northern Virginia Community College                              Annandale           5,68278713.8
22John Tyler Community College                                     Chester             1,12314112.5
23Richard Bland College                                            Petersburg          2713211.8
24Danville Regional Medical Center School Of Health Professions    Danville            8267.3
25Columbia College                                                 Vienna              3425.8
26Riverside College Of Health Careers                              Newport News        13143.0
27Centura College                                                  North Chesterfield  28851.7
28Southside Regional Medical Center Professional Schools           Colonial Heights    7111.4
Source: U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

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