As The Times reported last week, six for-profit colleges in Western Washington are likely to close amid allegations that the schools prey on low-income students and falsify job-placement statistics. Corinthian Colleges, a California-based company that operates locally under the name Everest, also caught the attention of state and federal investigators because of its plummeting enrollment and high student-loan-default rate.
To go along with the story, we compiled a comprehensive, interactive chart that shows the three-year default rate and financial-aid breakdown between loans and grants for every public, private and for-profit college in Washington state.
Although several Everest locations top the 15-percent mark for default rates, it is far from the biggest offender. Several cosmetology schools and public community colleges are also near the top when the database is sorted by default rate. Go here to access the chart and find info for your own college.
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