13 percent of borrowers at 2-year colleges in North Dakota default on student loans


At Dakota College at Bottineau, 25  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, four two-year institutions based in North Dakota reported 1,714 students entered repayment on student loans in 2014. And 218 – or 12.72 percent, above the national rate of 11.5 percent – defaulted on those loans

North Dakota 2-year schools with highest default rates

RankSchoolCityNumber of Borrowers in RepayNumber of Borrowers in DefaultDefault Rate (%)
1Dakota College At Bottineau                                      Bottineau           2105325.2
2Williston State College                                          Williston           1812413.2
3Lake Region State College                                        Devils Lake         3554011.2
4North Dakota State College Of Science                            Wahpeton            96810110.4
Source: U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

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