17 percent of borrowers at 2-year colleges in Pennsylvania default on student loans


At Pittsburgh Career Institute, 30  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, 64 two-year institutions based in Pennsylvania reported 57,027 students entered repayment on student loans in 2014. And 9,685 – or 16.98 percent, above the national rate of 11.5 percent – defaulted on those loans

Pennsylvania 2-year schools with highest default rates

RankSchoolCityNumber of Borrowers in RepayNumber of Borrowers in DefaultDefault Rate (%)
1Pittsburgh Career Institute                                      Pittsburgh          60818330.0
2Brightwood Career Institute                                      Pittsburgh          50914227.8
3Reading Area Community College                                   Reading             1,78846425.9
4Brightwood Career Institute                                      Broomall            49411924.0
5Fortis Institute                                                 Erie                1,61138423.8
6Brightwood Career Institute                                      Harrisburg          1,41233223.5
7Fortis Institute                                                 Scranton            3518223.3
8Lansdale School Of Business                                      North Wales         2706122.5
9Brightwood Career Institute                                      Philadelphia        85218922.1
10All-State Career School                                          Lester              76815420.0
11Career Training Academy                                          Lower Burrell       2775519.8
12Fortis Institute                                                 Forty Fort          2284519.7
13Community College Of Philadelphia                                Philadelphia        6,2121,14618.4
14Harrisburg Area Community College                                Harrisburg          7,6171,35017.7
15Mccann School Of Business

& Technology                           

Pottsville          4,36576817.5
16Yti Career Institute - Altoona                                   Altoona             2404217.5
17Workforce Institute'S City College, The                          Philadelphia        701217.1
18Northampton County Area Community College                        Bethlehem           1,79030016.7
19Harcum College                                                   Bryn Mawr           75612616.6
20New Castle School Of Trades                                      New Castle          5308816.6
21Pennsylvania Highlands Community College                         Johnstown           4838016.5
22Valley Forge Military College                                    Wayne               1402316.4
23Montgomery County Community College                              Blue Bell           2,56441716.2
24Lehigh Carbon Community College                                  Schnecksville       1,47423816.1
25South Hills School Of Business & Technology                      State College       3716016.1
26Community College Of Allegheny County                            Pittsburgh          3,42654615.9
27Luzerne County Community College                                 Nanticoke           1,32820615.5
28Delaware County Community College                                Media               3,03446715.3
29Westmoreland County Community

College                            

Youngwood           1,49522515.0
30Berks Technical Institute                                        Wyomissing          1,72725814.9
31Thaddeus Stevens College Of Technology                           Lancaster           2874314.9
32Community College Of Beaver County                               Monaca              76611414.8
33Yti Career Institute                                             York                1,12715914.1
34Douglas Education Center                                         Monessen            1932713.9
35Pittsburgh Institute Of Aeronautics                              West Mifflin        2032813.7
36Triangle Tech                                                    Pittsburgh          1802413.3
37Pennco Tech                                                      Bristol             4215412.8
38Consolidated School Of Business                                  York                791012.6
39Butler County Community College                                  Butler              7148712.1
40Jna Institute Of Culinary Arts                                   Philadelphia        33412.1
41Central Pennsylvania Institute

of Science And Technology         

Pleasant Gap        1581912.0
42Manor College                                                    Jenkintown          3874611.8
43Orleans Technical College                                        Philadelphia        4475311.8
44Great Lakes Institute Of Technology                              Erie                4244911.5
45Erie Institute Of Technology                                     Erie                1451611.0
46Lancaster County Career

and Technology Center                    

Willow Street       2803111.0
47Bucks County Community College                                   Newtown             1,17512610.7
48Laurel Technical Institute                                       Sharon              2192210.0
49Dean Institute Of Technology                                     Pittsburgh          103109.7
50Johnson College                                                  Scranton            187189.6
51Triangle Tech                                                    Erie                5259.6
52Laurel Business Institute                                        Uniontown           129129.3
53Penn Commercial Business/Technical School                        Washington          241208.2
54Pennsylvania Institute Of Technology                             Media               705578.0
55Triangle Tech                                                    Falls Creek         186136.9
56Bradford School                                                  Pittsburgh          267186.7
57Institute Of Medical And Business

Careers                        

Pittsburgh          3226.2
58Pittsburgh Institute Of Mortuary Science                         Pittsburgh          8356.0
59Vet Tech Institute                                               Pittsburgh          233146.0
60Antonelli Institute                                              Erdenheim           10465.7
61Bucks County School Of Beauty Culture                            Feasterville        3725.4
62Rosedale Technical College                                       Pittsburgh          235125.1
63Pitc Institute                                                   Wyncote             21094.2
64Triangle Tech                                                    Greensburg          19584.1
Source: U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

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