Chart of the Week: Student Debt

From Economist:


Great opportunity to hone your students’ analytical skills by asking them for takeaways from this chart.  Here are a few:

  • Student debt has more than tripled in the 2004-14 time period.
  • Biggest increase in those still paying off their loans seems to be in the 40+ age range (may have gone back to school during recession or taking more time to pay off loans).
  • Almost 1 in 5 students at for-profit schools default on their loans within 3 year period (much higher rates beyond that); for these schools, default rates are pretty consistent regardless of number of years of school attended.
  • For non-profit private and public colleges, default rates related to length of time attending schools with those at schools for 4+ years having much lower default rates (likely a proxy for completion, so students who graduate are much less likely to default on their loans since they are more likely to be employed and earn higher wages than non-completers.


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