24 percent of borrowers at 2-year colleges in North Carolina default on student loans


At Tri-County Community College, 32 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, 44 two-year institutions based in North Carolina reported 30,450 students entered repayment on student loans in 2014. And 7,240 – or 23.78 percent, above the national rate of 11.5 percent – defaulted on those loans

North Carolina 2-year schools with highest default rates

RankSchoolCityNumber of Borrowers in RepayNumber of Borrowers in DefaultDefault Rate (%)
1Tri-County Community College                                     Murphy              1013231.6
2Louisburg College                                                Louisburg           44913429.8
3Rowan-Cabarrus Community College                                 Salisbury           88026329.8
4Beaufort County Community College                                Washington          35610529.4
5Robeson Community College                                        Lumberton           49014329.1
6Vance - Granville Community College                              Henderson           3359728.9
7Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute                 Hudson              75321728.8
8Mcdowell Technical Community College                             Marion              1393928.0
9Roanoke Chowan Community College                                 Ahoskie             361027.7
10Halifax Community College                                        Weldon              2988227.5
11Carteret Community College                                       Morehead City       2486827.4
12Wayne Community College                                          Goldsboro           66718327.4
13Southeastern Community College                                   Whiteville          37710327.3
14Mayland Community College                                        Spruce Pine         711926.7
15Guilford Technical Community College                             Jamestown           3,9661,04926.4
16Haywood Community College                                        Clyde               1905026.3
17Western Piedmont Community College                               Morganton           2927726.3
18Nash Community College                                           Rocky Mount         41110826.2
19Pitt Community College                                           Winterville         2,27458725.8
20Bladen Community College                                         Dublin              782025.6
21Asheville Buncombe Technical

Community College                   

Asheville           1,07227425.5
22Edgecombe Community College                                      Tarboro             71918425.5
23Craven Community College                                         New Bern            3087825.3
24James Sprunt Community College                                   Kenansville         3418424.6
25Cape Fear Community College                                      Wilmington          1,76643124.4
26Wilson Community College                                         Wilson              1924724.4
27Forsyth Technical Community College                              Winston-Salem       1,34732424.0
28Wilkes Community College                                         Wilkesboro          2586123.6
29Fayetteville Technical Community

College                         

Fayetteville        2,25952523.2
30Durham Technical Community College                               Durham              66715022.4
31Johnston Community College                                       Smithfield          59913422.3
32Piedmont Community College                                       Roxboro             1503322.0
33Davidson County Community College                                Thomasville         78717321.9
34Catawba Valley Community College                                 Hickory             4259121.4
35College Of The Albemarle                                         Elizabeth City      1022120.5
36Central Piedmont Community College                               Charlotte           1,80335319.5
37Wake Technical Community College                                 Raleigh             4,09377618.9
38Blue Ridge Community College                                     Flat Rock           1682816.6
39Southwestern Community College                                   Sylva               2032914.2
40Surry Community College                                          Dobson              1231512.1
41Sandhills Community College                                      Pinehurst           46510.8
42Coastal Carolina Community College                               Jacksonville        59610.1
43King'S College                                                   Charlotte           316247.5
44Carolinas College Of Health Sciences                             Charlotte           23683.3
Source: U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

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