17,678 borrowers in default on student loans after attending private Florida colleges


Everest University in Tampa and Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale reported the largest share of borrowers who defaulted on school loans they started repaying in 2014, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data.

The analysis uses data, from the U.S. Department of Education, that tracks borrowers at all privately controlled schools receiving federal student aid. The 2014 cohort accounts for borrowers who entered repayment on selected federal loans in the given fiscal year and defaulted before the end of the second fiscal year.   

Altogether, 49 private institutions based in Florida reported 17,678 borrowers in default. 

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Borrowers in default

SchoolCityBorrowers in Default
Everest UniversityTampa11,365
Keiser UniversityFort Lauderdale1,493
Ultimate Medical AcademyClearwater1,169
Saint Leo UniversitySaint Leo479
Florida Institute Of TechnologyMelbourne359
Nova Southeastern UniversityFort Lauderdale310
Bethune Cookman UniversityDaytona Beach243
Barry UniversityMiami Shores240
Hodges UniversityNaples207
WyotechOrmond Beach200
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityDaytona Beach177
City CollegeFort Lauderdale122
Florida Memorial UniversityMiami Gardens111
Edward Waters CollegeJacksonville91
Jacksonville UniversityJacksonville79
Warner UniversityLake Wales77
Everglades UniversityBoca Raton75
Flagler CollegeSaint Augustine67
Southeastern UniversityLakeland67
University Of MiamiCoral Gables67
Webber International UniversityBabson Park62
Saint Thomas UniversityMiami Gardens58
University Of Tampa (The)Tampa56
Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityWest Palm Beach52
Adventist University Of Health SciencesOrlando43
Stetson UniversityDeland43
Rollins CollegeWinter Park36
City CollegeAltamonte Springs32
International Training CareersMiami32
Eckerd CollegeSaint Petersburg31
Jones CollegeJacksonville31
Florida Southern CollegeLakeland29
Ave Maria UniversityAve Maria28
Lynn UniversityBoca Raton21
Ringling College Of Art & DesignSarasota20
Trinity Baptist CollegeJacksonville18
Saber CollegeMiami15
Florida CollegeTemple Terrace13
Academy For Nursing And Health OccupationsWest Palm Beach12
Baptist College Of Florida (The)Graceville11
Trinity College Of FloridaTrinity11
Beacon CollegeLeesburg8
Hobe Sound Bible CollegeHobe Sound4
South Florida Bible College And Theological SeminaryDeerfield Beach4
Ave Maria School Of LawNaples3
Atlantic Institute Of Oriental MedicineFort Lauderdale2
Dragon Rises College Of Oriental MedicineGainesville2
Florida School Of Traditional MidwiferyGainesville2
Academy For Five Element AcupunctureGainesville1
Source: U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

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Academy for Five Element Acupuncture Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations Adventist University of Health Sciences Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine Ave Maria School of Law Ave Maria University Barry University Beacon College Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine Eckerd College Edward Waters College Everglades University Florida College Florida Institute of Technology Florida Memorial University Florida School of Traditional Midwifery Florida Southern College Hobe Sound Bible College Hodges University International Training Careers Jacksonville University Lynn University Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Atlantic University Rollins College SABER College Saint Leo University South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Southeastern University Stetson University The Baptist College of Florida The University of Tampa Trinity Baptist College Trinity College of Florida Warner University Webber International University

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