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Tuesday, 23rd October 2007

Hidden Details: A Closer Look at Student Loan Default Rates

Hidden Details: A Closer Look at Student Loan Default Rates
Source: Education Sector

When U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced in September that the federal student loan default rate—the percentage of borrowers who fail to repay their government student loans—was 4.6 percent, the press didn't lift a pencil. The rate has hovered around 5 percent for years.

But a new report by the U.S. Department of Education's own National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reveals that student loan defaults are a far larger problem for some groups—particularly students of color and those who leave college with a lot of debt.



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