Default Rates and Average Debt

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Three-Year Official Cohort Student Loan Default Rates

Chart showing 3-year cohort default rate of Des Moines University, compared to the national average and private institution average.

The three-year cohort default rate is the percentage of a school’s borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program loans during a given federal fiscal year, October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions before the end of the second following fiscal year.

In March 2020 COVID-19 emergency relief measures suspended student loan payments. Payments resumed in October 2023.

Average Debt by Program

Averages are based on actual borrowers.

D.O.* $272,484 $263,555 $265,244 $243,370
D.P.M. $208,508 $196,980 $210,103 $198,155
D.P.T. $126,789 $101,241 $96,430 $109,277
M.H.A. $35,221 $35,078 $35,806 $28,323
M.P.H. $39,306 $29,854 $29,625 $26,950
M.S.P.A.S. $118,951 $105,994 $105,146 $104,364

*Per COCA requirements, average debt by race/ethnicity and gender is available upon request

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