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HBCU’s Top The List For Students Graduating With Highest Debt

The U.S. News Short List For Schools Whose Alumni Are Graduating With The Highest Debt Shows HBCU's Topping The List


The nationally acclaimed US News & World Report’s famous college lists showcase anything from the colleges with the most distinguished faculty to the colleges with the most parties. Its recent list, The U.S. News Short List, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. In its recent Short List series, the publication released the top 10 colleges where students graduated with the most debt in 2011. Out of the 10 schools, four of them are HBCU’s: Clark Atlanta University, John C. Smith University, Bennett College, and Delaware State University — with Clark Atlanta University topping the list among the HBCU’s whose students graduated with the highest debt last year.

Most students do not take on six-figure debt to go to college, a new study by financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz has found. But, according to school-reported data, some students are still leaving college with much higher levels of debt than the national average. Students who borrowed for college and graduated in 2011 left owing $26,224 on average, based on statistics reported by 1,035 schools in an annual survey to U.S. News. For graduating classes with the highest average debt, student balances were roughly $18,000 to $28,000 more. Below is the list for the 10 colleges whose students graduated with the highest debt in 2011:


16 Responses to HBCU’s Top The List For Students Graduating With Highest Debt

  1. Onesilverbac

    September 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Did I miss something or did the U S News & World Report miss something?

    I can not believe out of more than 1000 schools, the UCLA, OHIO STATE, HARVARD, TEXAS etc, etc where it cost nearly and some times more than $50K per year to go to school and having the same percentage of students borrowing that the HBCU’s would lead the list when it cost less than 1/2 as much to attend. Am I wrong?

    Shows me the data that includes the other schools.

    • Nedrea

      September 15, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Thank you, this is just an attempt to see some more incompetent cristicism be borught out of the public…

  2. WhoYouFoolin'?

    September 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Black students have higher debt? What a shocker!

  3. charles mcgee

    September 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    The decision to attend college is a complex decision. Formal education is a process wherein ‘future orientation’ is the key element. If a person grows up in an environment there future orientation in not a core value the decision to go following graduation from high school comes in a rush. It could be that a planned approach is what is missing.

    There is a statistic that is worth noting-first in family to go to college. It is not a burden if you can attend Atlanta University. The likelihood that you will, upon graduation, acquire a career azimuth that will allow you to pay off the loan because you get a position that has both salary and promise is promising. Students from the lower class have a much more difficult task in getting their career off the launch pad. Hard choices.

    • Nedrea

      September 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Clark Atlanta University is the appropriate name. Thank you

      CAU’ Alumna 2012

  4. Deloris

    September 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Elizabeth your comment is very logical. I took this route and left school debt free. My friends borrowed and got their master’s to the tune 75,000 to 100,000. I went the route you stated because I knew that I could get the same classes at the jr college just transferred them to the 4 year university.

    You must realize that a degree is a status symbol for some and not a means of getting ahead.

  5. Elizabeth

    September 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

    It is time for African-Americans to start a college fund for their children when they are young. Even if you have a little saved it is better than starting with nothing. Also, teach your children to borrow what they need not what they want.

    Consider a JR. College first and then move up to a 4 yr instituton.

    Get a degree in a field where jobs are plentiful, don’t take the easy degree.

    • Becky Brown

      September 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      There is no such thing as an easy degree.