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Cumulative Loan Debt Accrued by CUBoulder Bachelor's Grads
Cumulative Loan Debt Accrued by CUBoulder Bachelor's Grads
Perry Sailor, ODA, Dec. 2004
Analysis
 The population was FY 20034 graduates with bachelor's degrees (N=3,317), who entered as freshmen
 They were divided into 3 groups: (1) Entered as resident, graduated as resident; (2) entered as
nonresident, graduated as resident; and (3) entered as nonresident, graduated as nonresident. Two
students with loan debt entered as residents and graduated as nonresidents. These cases were discarded
from analyses.
 Variables: Years with loans, percent with student loans, percent with parent loans, percent with either,
averages and distributions of total debt from student loans, total debt from parent loans, and total debt.
(Parent loans do not require demonstration of financial need and are at higher interest rates than student
loans.) All means and percentiles were computed two ways: (1) including only students with any loan debt
(that is, excluding students with zero debt), and (2) including all students, including those with zero
debt. They are differentiated in the tables below.
Results
 About half of those who were residents at time of degree had some loan debt, whether they entered as
nonresidents and converted (NR) or entered as residents (RR); about a quarter of students who entered as
and remained nonresidents (NN) had loan debt.
 Virtually all students with any debt (student or parent) had some student loans. Among students with
loans, about half of RR students, 40% of NR students, and two thirds of NN students also had parent loans.
 The average amount of student and parent loan debt, if any, was roughly comparable across residency
groups, ranging from $1422,000 for students and $1924,000 for parents. The exception was parent loan
debt for the NN group, which averaged $51,000. However, when students/parents with no debt were included,
the averages ranged from $410,000 for the three groups of students, with the NR group highest, and
$48,000 for parents, with the NN group highest.
 Mean total debt for those with any debt  parent and student combined  was $23,000 for RR, $31,000
for NR, and $49,000 for NN. Medians were $18,000, $27,000, and $42,000 respectively. When students/parents
with no debt were included, the averages were $11,000 for RR, $15,000 for NR, and $12,000 for NN. However,
the range is very large for all groups.
 In our analyses we assign families to one of four quartiles according to the amount of financial
resources they have available, with a fifth group composed of families who did not apply for needbased
aid and who are thus assumed to have the most resources. Excluding this group, 80100% of each quartile
had debt, except for RR's in the 4th quartile (highest of those applying for aid), at 65%. Among families
not applying for aid, 18% of RR, 24% of NR, and 9% of NN families had debt.
 Excluding families who didn't apply for needbased aid, the family resource quartile had little
relationship to debt. Group membership (i.e., RR, NR, or NN) had a much bigger relationship, with RRs
having the least debt and NNs the most.
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