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Student Loan Metrics 101: Looking Behind the Numbers

For more than 50 years, Walden University has played an important role in higher education and as an advocate for and innovator of outcomes-driven measures for success. We take our financial aid1 responsibilities very seriously and have worked hard over many years to be good stewards of federal financial aid.

Cohort default rates – The most established, recognized, and understood government-created student loan metric is the cohort default rate (CDR).

  • Walden’s recently released (Fiscal Year 2018) three-year cohort default rate of 4.7% is well below the national average, including all nonprofit and for-profit institutions.  

Percentage of Students who use Title IV loans – in 2020 71% of Walden University students used federal Title IV loans to finance their education.