Cumulative Debt of Certificate Recipients by Sector over Time

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In 2011-12, for-profit institutions awarded 44% of undergraduate certificates. Among the recipients, 14% had no education debt and 50% borrowed $10,000 or more.

Figure 2014_15B: Cumulative Debt of Certificate Recipients in 2012 Dollars by Sector, 2003-04, 2007-08, and 2011-12

Figure 15B represents Cumulative Debt of Certificate Recipients in 2012 Dollars by Sector, 2003-04, 2007-08, and 2011-12.  For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, see http://trends.collegeboard.org/student-aid.

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Undergraduate certificate programs vary in length from less than one year to two years. Includes students who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.

SOURCES: NCES, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

  • In 2011-12, public two-year colleges awarded 53% of undergraduate certificates. Among the recipients, 65% had no education debt and 13% had borrowed $10,000 or more.