Cumulative Debt of Bachelor’s Degree Recipients by Dependency Status

Only 11% of dependent 2011-12 bachelor’s degree recipients borrowed $40,000 or more, compared to 25% of independent students without dependents and 29% of independent students with dependents.

Figure 2015_16B: Cumulative Debt of 2011-12 Bachelor’s Degree Recipients by Dependency Status

Figure 16B represents Cumulative Debt of 2011-12 Bachelor’s Degree Recipients by Dependency Status. 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 dependency category for the 2011-12 academic year. 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.

  • Only 11% of dependent 2011-12 bachelor’s degree recipients borrowed $40,000 or more, compared to 25% of independent students without dependents and 29% of independent students with dependents.