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2021 Best Affordable Colleges in the United States for Students from South Korea

582 Colleges
$15,762 Avg Tuition & Fees*
34% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen pursuing a degree in today's world, international students have many different options to choose from. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students ranking.

After analyzing 582 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for South Korean students. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall value and the total number of international students at the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

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Top Value Colleges in the U.S. for Students from South Korea

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Brigham Young University - Provo tops this year’s ranking as the best value school for South Korean students. BYU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Provo, Utah. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Canada, South Korea, and China come to BYU to study. International students at BYU can expect to pay, on average, about $5,790 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,290 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. BYU not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall value list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Hawaii. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for South Korean students list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Laie, Hawaii, and it awarded 623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 40.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea come to BYU - H to study. International students at BYU - H can expect to pay, on average, about $5,720 a year to attend the school.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, BYU - H also is in the top 10% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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A rank of #3 on our list means Brigham Young University - Idaho is a great place for South Korean students working on their bachelor’s degree. BYU - I is located in Rexburg, Idaho and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,537 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.5% are international. Students studying at BYU - I come from such countries as Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at BYU - I is about $4,208 a year, on average.

On top of its placing in this ranking, BYU - I also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#4

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

A rank of #4 on our list means South Dakota State University is a great place for South Korean students working on their bachelor’s degree. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school situated in Brookings, South Dakota. It awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.7% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal come to South Dakota State to study. International students at South Dakota State can expect to pay, on average, about $12,589 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $16,675 a year in average tuition and fees.

In addition to its great ranking here, South Dakota State is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall value list.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of South Florida - Main Campus helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for South Korean students. USF Tampa is located in Tampa, Florida and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 10.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to USF Tampa to study. International students at USF Tampa can expect to pay, on average, about $17,324 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,126 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. USF Tampa also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#6

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Morris came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students ranking. UMN Morris is a public institution located in Morris, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UMN Morris come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. International students at UMN Morris can expect to pay, on average, about $15,632 a year to attend the school.

In addition to its great ranking here, UMN Morris is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall value list.

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#7

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students list. Iowa State is a large public school situated in Ames, Iowa. It awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Malaysia come to Iowa State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Iowa State is about $24,508 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $25,952 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. Iowa State also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Truman State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students list. Located in Kirksville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,216 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 6.7% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Truman State are China, Nepal, and Vietnam. International students at Truman State can expect to pay, on average, about $15,314 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,186 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Truman State also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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With a ranking of #9, Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students. Minnesota State University - Mankato is a fairly large public school located in Mankato, Minnesota that handed out 2,479 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Minnesota State Mankato come from such countries as Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Minnesota State Mankato is about $16,730 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,474 per year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Minnesota State Mankato also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#10

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school handed out 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UMN Twin Cities are China, India, and South Korea. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UMN Twin Cities is about $33,325 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $28,845 per year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

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#11

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students. Located in Maryville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 6.4% are international. Students from as far away as India, Nepal, and South Korea come to Northwest to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Northwest is about $14,020 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $7,023 per year.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, Northwest also is in the top 10% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#12

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

With a ranking of #12, University of Minnesota - Duluth did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students. This fairly large public school is located in Duluth, Minnesota, and it awarded 2,162 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 2.3% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UMN Duluth are China, India, and South Korea. International students at UMN Duluth can expect to pay, on average, about $18,880 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $28,708 a year in average tuition and fees.

In addition to its great ranking here, UMN Duluth is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall value list.

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Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students list. Winona State is a public institution located in Winona, Minnesota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, Taiwan, and South Korea come to Winona State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Winona State is about $15,766 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $12,030 a year in average tuition and fees.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Winona State also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#14

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Northern State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students ranking, coming in at #14. Northern State University is a small public school located in Aberdeen, South Dakota that handed out 305 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.9% are international. Students from as far away as South Korea, China, and Mexico come to NSU to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at NSU runs, on average, about $11,821. Graduate students pay around $11,814 a year in average tuition and fees.

In addition to its great ranking here, NSU is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall value list.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students ranking. UW is a fairly large public school situated in Laramie, Wyoming. It awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students studying at UW come from such countries as China, India, and Canada. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UW runs, on average, about $14,803. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $16,009 per year.

In addition to its great ranking here, UW is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall value list.

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Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

With a ranking of #16, Western Michigan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the large public school awarded 3,824 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at WMU come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, India, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WMU is about $16,041 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $31,355 a year in average tuition and fees.

WMU also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#17

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students list. EIU is located in Charleston, Illinois and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,244 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.3% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Nigeria come to EIU to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at EIU is about $13,974 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $20,442 per year.

EIU excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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#18

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

With a ranking of #18, Texas Tech University did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students. Lubbock, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,599 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.7% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Texas Tech come from such countries as India, China, and Bangladesh. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Texas Tech runs, on average, about $19,260. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,651 per year.

Texas Tech also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#19

Hunter College

New York, New York

Hunter College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students ranking, coming in at #19. Hunter College is a large public school located in New York, New York that handed out 3,496 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.9% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to Hunter to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Hunter is about $15,332 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $20,828 a year in average tuition and fees.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, Hunter also is in the top 15% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#20

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

With a ranking of #20, University of South Dakota did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students. USD is located in Vermillion, South Dakota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 2.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Nepal come to USD to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at USD runs, on average, about $12,807. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $12,637 per year.

USD also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#21

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students list. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,688 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.6% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Panama come to Florida State to study. International students at Florida State can expect to pay, on average, about $21,683 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $26,707 per year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Florida State excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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#22

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students list. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the large public school handed out 3,756 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Missouri State come from such countries as China, Saudi Arabia, and India. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Missouri State runs, on average, about $15,898. Graduate students pay around $11,524 a year in average tuition and fees.

Missouri State excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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#23

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students. La Crosse, Wisconsin is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,211 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 1.2% are international. Students from as far away as China, Saudi Arabia, and Japan come to UW - La Crosse to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UW - La Crosse runs, on average, about $17,946. Graduate students pay around $20,005 a year in average tuition and fees.

UW - La Crosse excels when it comes to value. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall best for the money list.

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#24

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students. UH is a public institution located in Houston, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UH are India, China, and Vietnam. International students at UH can expect to pay, on average, about $21,749 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $18,748 per year.

As a testament to the value of education it offers, UH also is in the top 15% of our overall best for the money ranking.

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#25

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Western Illinois University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Macomb, Illinois, and it awarded 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.4% are international. Students studying at WIU come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. International students at WIU can expect to pay, on average, about $12,940 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,803 per year.

WIU also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Colleges for South Korean students

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
#27

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan
#28

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York
#29

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska
#30

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
#31

Queens College

Queens, New York
#32

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
#33

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
#34

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, Minnesota
#35

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
#36

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
#37

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
#38

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
#39

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, South Dakota
#41

University of Minnesota - Crookston

Crookston, Minnesota
#43

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
#44

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota
#45

Baruch College

New York, New York
#46

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
#47

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#48

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, New York
#49

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#50

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin

Rest of the Top 15% Best Value Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
52 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
53 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
54 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
55 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
56 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
57 University at Albany Albany, NY
58 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
59 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
60 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
61 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
62 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
63 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
64 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
65 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
Rank College Location
66 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
67 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
68 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
69 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
70 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
71 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
72 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
73 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
74 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
75 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
76 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
77 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
78 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
79 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
80 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
81 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
82 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
83 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
84 Emporia State University Emporia, KS
85 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
86 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
87 Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI
88 Murray State University Murray, KY

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Value Colleges for South Korean Students ranking:

Rank College Location
89 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
90 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
91 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
92 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
93 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
94 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
95 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
96 Florida International University Miami, FL
97 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
98 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
99 The City College of New York New York, NY
100 Washington State University Pullman, WA
101 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
102 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
103 University of Georgia Athens, GA
Rank College Location
104 Towson University Towson, MD
105 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
106 The University of Tennessee - Martin Martin, TN
107 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
108 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
109 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
110 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
111 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
112 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
113 Madonna University Livonia, MI
114 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
115 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
116 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
117 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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