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A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school’s borrowers who enter repayment on federal student loans during a particular fiscal year, Oct 1 to Sept. 30, and default within the cohort default period.

The Department of Education calculated the school’s cohort default rate by dividing the number of borrowers from the school entering repayment in a cohort year and default within a 3-year period divided by the number of borrowers from the school entering repayment in the cohort year.

Cohort Fiscal Year 2017 Calculation

Borrowers who entered repayment in 2017 and defaulted in 2017, 2018, or 2019
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Borrowers who entered repayment in 2017

Shawnee State University Cohort Default Rate
Year Default Rate
FY2017 15.2%
FY2016 16.3%
FY2015 17.5%
National Average Cohort Default Rate
Year Default Rate
FY2017 9.7%