12,722 borrowers in default on student loans after attending Iowa schools

Kaplan University in Davenport, Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids reported the largest share of borrowers who defaulted on school loans they started repaying in 2014, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data.

The analysis uses data, from the U.S. Department of Education, that tracks borrowers at all colleges and universities receiving federal student aid. The 2014 cohort accounts for borrowers who entered repayment on selected federal loans in the given fiscal year and defaulted before the end of the second fiscal year.   

Altogether, 79 institutions based in Iowa reported 12,722 borrowers in default. 


Borrowers in default

SchoolCityNumber of Borrowers in Default for 2014
Kaplan UniversityDavenport5,457
Des Moines Area Community CollegeAnkeny1,040
Kirkwood Community CollegeCedar Rapids793
Iowa Western Community CollegeCouncil Bluffs538
Iowa Central Community CollegeFort Dodge493
Indian Hills Community CollegeOttumwa379
Hawkeye Community CollegeWaterloo365
Eastern Iowa Community College DistrictDavenport350
Western Iowa Tech Community CollegeSioux City311
Vatterott CollegeDes Moines307
Upper Iowa UniversityFayette254
Northeast Iowa Community CollegeCalmar234
Southeastern Community CollegeWest Burlington188
Iowa State University Of Science & TechnologyAmes170
North Iowa Area Community CollegeMason City155
University Of IowaIowa City148
Iowa Lakes Community CollegeEstherville144
Marshalltown Community CollegeMarshalltown120
University Of Northern IowaCedar Falls108
Ellsworth Community CollegeIowa Falls101
Southwestern Community CollegeCreston96
Buena Vista UniversityStorm Lake91
William Penn UniversityOskaloosa84
University Of DubuqueDubuque75
Grand View UniversityDes Moines68
Graceland UniversityLamoni55
Saint Ambrose UniversityDavenport50
Waldorf UniversityForest City38
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeSheldon36
Briar Cliff UniversitySioux City34
Hamilton Technical CollegeDavenport31
Iowa Wesleyan UniversityMount Pleasant27
Drake UniversityDes Moines23
Morningside CollegeSioux City23
Simpson CollegeIndianola23
Loras CollegeDubuque19
Mount Mercy UniversityCedar Rapids19
Wartburg CollegeWaverly17
Central CollegePella16
Mercy College Of Health SciencesDes Moines16
Iowa School Of BeautyDes Moines15
Palmer College Of ChiropracticDavenport15
Clarke UniversityDubuque14
Maharishi University Of ManagementFairfield13
American College Of Hairstyling-Des MoinesDes Moines12
Luther CollegeDecorah12
Carlson College Of Massage TherapyAnamosa8
Faust Institute Of CosmetologyStorm Lake8
Pci AcademyAmes8
Salon Professional Academy (The)Iowa City8
Total Look School Of Cosmetology And Massage TherapyCresco8
Coe CollegeCedar Rapids7
Northwestern CollegeOrange City7
Aveda Institute Des MoinesDes Moines6
Capri CollegeDavenport6
Capri CollegeDubuque6
Cornell CollegeMount Vernon6
Dordt CollegeSioux Center6
Salon Professional Academy (The)Cedar Falls6
American Hair AcademyMt. Pleasant5
Capri CollegeCedar Rapids5
Grinnell CollegeGrinnell4
Iowa School Of BeautyMarshalltown4
La' James International CollegeIowa City4
La' James International College - Des MoinesJohnston4
La'James International CollegeCedar Falls4
St. Luke'S CollegeSioux City4
Allen CollegeWaterloo3
La' James College Of HairstylingMason City3
La' James International CollegeFort Dodge3
Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical CenterDes Moines2
Emmaus Bible CollegeDubuque2
Eq School Of Hair DesignCouncil Bluffs2
Faith Baptist Bible College & Theological SeminaryAnkeny2
La' James International CollegeDavenport2
Iowa School Of BeautyOttumwa1
Iowa School Of BeautySioux City1
Divine Word CollegeEpworth0
Wartburg Theological SeminaryDubuque0
Source: U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

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