# Cumulative Debt: Attainment by Debt Level

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Figure 2012_11A: Educational Attainment by 2009 of Students First Enrolling in 2003-04, by Total Amount Borrowed (and Overall Percentage of Students in Debt Category)

Notes & Sources

NOTE: Percentages in the parentheses on the vertical axis correspond to percentage of all students with specified level of debt.

SOURCES: *Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS)*, 2009; calculations by the authors.

- Among students who either did not borrow or borrowed $10,000 or less, 43% had left college with no credential by 2009, while only 5% of those with more than $75,000 in debt were in this situation.
- Eighty-five percent of those with debt higher than $75,000 and 65% of those with debt between $50,000 and $75,000 had earned bachelor's degrees by 2009.