19,560 borrowers in default on student loans after attending Illinois schools


DeVry University in Chicago 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 U.S. Department of Education data that tracks borrowers at all colleges and universities 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, 208 institutions based in Illinois reported 19,560 borrowers in default. 

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Borrowers in default

SchoolCityNumber of Borrowers in Default for 2014
DeVry UniversityChicago4,216
American Intercontinental UniversitySchaumburg2,125
College Of DuPageGlen Ellyn540
Parkland CollegeChampaign506
Southwestern Illinois CollegeBelleville506
Southern Illinois University At CarbondaleCarbondale491
Illinois Institute Of Art (The)Chicago479
Northern Illinois UniversityDekalb466
Midwest Technical InstituteSpringfield411
Columbia College ChicagoChicago318
City Colleges Of Chicago - Kennedy King CollegeChicago305
Western Illinois UniversityMacomb263
Depaul UniversityChicago247
Chicago State UniversityChicago246
Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleEdwardsville236
Chamberlain College Of NursingAddison215
Joliet Junior CollegeJoliet198
Northwestern CollegeBridgeview185
Kishwaukee CollegeMalta184
Olive-Harvey CollegeChicago182
Harold Washington CollegeChicago180
Illinois Central CollegeEast Peoria180
Le Cordon Bleu College Of Culinary Arts In ChicagoChicago180
Lincoln Land Community CollegeSpringfield163
Prairie State CollegeChicago Heights155
Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston154
University Of Illinois At ChicagoChicago153
City Colleges Of Chicago - Malcolm X CollegeChicago145
Illinois State UniversityNormal140
Roosevelt UniversityChicago140
East-West UniversityChicago138
Northeastern Illinois UniversityChicago137
College Of Lake CountyGrayslake136
Coyne CollegeChicago132
Waubonsee Community CollegeSugar Grove131
Kankakee Community CollegeKankakee129
Harper CollegePalatine127
Lake Land CollegeMattoon121
Loyola University ChicagoChicago120
Elgin Community CollegeElgin119
City Colleges Of Chicago Harry S Truman CollegeChicago113
University Of Illinois At Urbana-ChampaignChampaign112
Benedictine UniversityLisle108
Black Hawk CollegeMoline105
Moraine Valley Community CollegePalos Hills103
John Wood Community CollegeQuincy102
Rock Valley CollegeRockford101
Vatterott CollegeQuincy99
Lewis And Clark Community CollegeGodfrey95
Richland Community CollegeDecatur94
Governors State UniversityUniversity Park91
Robert Morris University IllinoisChicago90
Kendall CollegeChicago84
Cortiva Institute - ChicagoChicago82
Lewis UniversityRomeoville82
Heartland Community CollegeNormal79
Concordia UniversityRiver Forest76
National Louis UniversityChicago76
Saint Xavier UniversityChicago74
Aurora UniversityAurora68
Highland Community CollegeFreeport64
Rend Lake CollegeIna64
Mchenry County CollegeCrystal Lake63
Olivet Nazarene UniversityBourbonnais61
Triton CollegeRiver Grove57
University Of Illinois At SpringfieldSpringfield57
Trinity International UniversityDeerfield55
Lincoln CollegeLincoln54
North Park UniversityChicago54
Wilbur Wright CollegeChicago51
School Of The Art Institute Of ChicagoChicago48
Illinois Media SchoolLombard45
Danville Area Community CollegeDanville44
Dominican UniversityRiver Forest43
Mckendree UniversityLebanon43
Illinois Valley Community CollegeOglesby42
Kaskaskia CollegeCentralia42
Richard J Daley College-City Colleges Of ChicagoChicago42
Millikin UniversityDecatur41
Sauk Valley Community CollegeDixon41
Taylor Business InstituteChicago41
North Central CollegeNaperville40
Spoon River CollegeCanton40
Eti School Of Skilled TradesWillowbrook39
Morton CollegeCicero38
Rockford UniversityRockford38
Harrington College Of DesignChicago37
Bradley UniversityPeoria36
Carl Sandburg CollegeGalesburg36
Northwestern UniversityEvanston36
Quincy UniversityQuincy35
Midwestern Career CollegeChicago30
Elmhurst CollegeElmhurst29
University Of Chicago (The)Chicago29
Illinois Institute Of TechnologyChicago28
Macmurray CollegeJacksonville28
Soma Institute - The National School Of Clinical Massage TherapyChicago27
Trinity Christian CollegePalos Heights26
University Of St. FrancisJoliet25
Monmouth CollegeMonmouth23
Paul Mitchell The School BradleyBourbonnais23
Eureka CollegeEureka22
Greenville UniversityGreenville22
Lake Forest CollegeLake Forest22
Maccormac CollegeChicago22
Paul Mitchell The School ChicagoChicago22
Larry'S Barber CollegeChicago21
Fox CollegeBedford Park20
Tricoci University Of Beauty CulturePeoria19
Judson UniversityElgin18
Blackburn UniversityCarlinville17
Lincoln Christian UniversityLincoln17
Tricoci University Of Beauty CultureBridgeview17
Augustana CollegeRock Island16
First InstituteCrystal Lake16
Tricoci University Of Beauty CultureRockford15
Douglas J Aveda Institute ChicagoChicago14
G Skin & Beauty InstituteOak Brook14
Hairmasters Institute Of CosmetologyBloomington14
Oakton Community CollegeDes Plaines14
Tricoci University Of Beauty CultureChicago14
Gem City CollegeQuincy13
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Lincoln Trail CollegeRobinson13
Midstate CollegePeoria13
Steven Papageorge Hair AcademyChicago13
Illinois CollegeJacksonville12
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Wabash Valley CollegeMount Carmel12
National University Of Health Sciences (The)Lombard12
Pivot Point AcademyBloomingdale12
Ambria College Of NursingHoffman Estates11
Capital Area Career CenterSpringfield11
John A. Logan CollegeCarterville11
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Olney Central CollegeOlney10
Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine And ScienceNorth Chicago10
Tricoci University Of Beauty CultureLibertyville10
Cannella School Of Hair DesignElgin9
Hair Professionals Academy Of CosmetologyWest Dundee9
Tri County Beauty AcademyLitchfield9
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges -Frontier Community CollegeFairfield8
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityBloomington8
John Amico School Of Hair DesignOak Forest8
Methodist CollegePeoria8
Pccti HealthcareOak Brook8
Tricoci University Of Beauty CultureGlendale Heights8
American Academy Of ArtChicago7
Estelle Medical AcademySkokie7
La' James International CollegeEast Moline7
National Latino Education InstituteChicago7
Professionals Choice Hair Design AcademyJoliet7
Wheaton CollegeWheaton7
Blessing HospitalQuincy6
Cosmetology And Spa AcademyCrystal Lake6
Graham Hospital School Of NursingCanton6
Knox CollegeGalesburg6
State Career SchoolWaukegan6
Tricoci University Of Beauty CultureDanville6
Universal Spa Training AcademyDowners Grove6
University Of Spa & Cosmetology ArtsSpringfield6
Adler UniversityChicago5
Calc, Institute Of TechnologyAlton5
Capri Oak Forest Beauty CollegeOak Forest5
Educators Of Beauty College Of CosmetologySterling5
Garrett - Evangelical Theological SeminaryEvanston5
Midwestern UniversityDowners Grove5
Morrison Institute Of TechnologyMorrison5
Mr. John'S School Of Cosmetology, Esthetics & NailsDecatur5
Paul Mitchell The School NormalNormal5
Rush UniversityChicago5
Spertus College Of JudaicaChicago5
Unity Cosmetology CollegePontiac5
Cameo Beauty AcademyOak Lawn4
Cannella School Of Hair DesignChicago4
Chicago Ort Technical InstituteSkokie4
Educators Of Beauty College Of CosmetologyPeru4
Innovations Design AcademyCanton4
John Marshall Law School (The)Chicago4
Jrenee CollegeElgin4
Lakeview College Of NursingDanville4
Saint Francis Medical Center College Of NursingPeoria4
Trinity College Of Nursing & Health SciencesRock Island4
Worsham College Of Mortuary ScienceWheeling4
Mr. John'S School Of Cosmetology And NailsJacksonville3
Niles School Of CosmetologyNiles3
Oehrlein School Of CosmetologyEast Peoria3
Resurrection UniversityChicago3
Salon Professional Academy (The)Shorewood3
Tribeca Flashpoint CollegeChicago3
University Of Aesthetics & CosmetologyChicago3
Vandercook College Of MusicChicago3
Beck School Of Practical NursingRed Bud2
Estelle InternationalSkokie2
Hair Professionals Career CollegePalos Hills2
Institute For Clinical Social WorkChicago2
Lake Forest Graduate School Of ManagementLake Forest2
St. John'S College Of NursingSpringfield2
Catholic Theological Union At ChicagoChicago1
Hair Professionals Career CollegeSycamore1
Hair Professionals School Of CosmetologyOswego1
Illinois College Of OptometryChicago1
Lutheran School Of Theology At ChicagoChicago1
Mccormick Theological SeminaryChicago1
Meadville Theological School Of Lombard CollegeChicago1
University Of Aesthetics & Cosmetology (The)Downers Grove1
Cannella School Of Hair DesignBlue Island0
Chicago Theological SeminaryChicago0
Erikson InstituteChicago0
Hebrew Theological CollegeSkokie0
Saint Anthony College Of NursingRockford0
Source: U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

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