Cumulative Debt of 2011-12 Bachelor’s Degree Recipients by Sector

Among the 9% of 2011-12 bachelor’s degree recipients who earned their degrees from for-profit institutions, 12% did not borrow and 48% accumulated $40,000 or more in debt.

Figure 2015_17B: Cumulative Debt of 2011-12 Bachelor’s Degree Recipients by Sector

Figure 17B represents Cumulative Debt of 2011-12 Bachelor’s Degree Recipients by Sector. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, see http://trends.collegeboard.org/student-aid.

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Percentages on the vertical axis are percentages of bachelor’s degree recipients in each sector. The “Other” category includes students who attended other sectors and those who attended more than one institution in 2011-12. Includes: 1) 2011-12 bachelor’s degree recipients regardless of when they first enrolled, 2) students who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and 3) both federal and nonfederal borrowing. Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.

SOURCES: NCES, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2012; PowerStats calculations by the authors.

  • Among the 26% who earned their degrees from private nonprofit institutions, 25% did not borrow and 20% accumulated $40,000 or more in debt.
  • Among the 56% of 2011-12 bachelor’s degree recipients who earned their degrees from public institutions, 34% did not borrow and 12% accumulated $40,000 or more in debt.