PLU students default more loans than UPS

Student loan default rates between PLU, UPS and the national average. PLU students are nearly three times as likely to default on student loans.

Student loan default rates between PLU, UPS and the national average. PLU students are nearly three times as likely to default on student loans.

Lutes are approximately three times more likely than their rivals at University of Puget Sound to default on student loans , according to College Scorecard. Over 20 Pacific Lutheran University students are estimated to default on their student loans this year.

Nearly 3 percent of PLU students default on lines. The loggers, on the other hand, default on 1.1 percent.

While PLU students struggle to pay their loans, UPS students pay over 8,500 dollars more annually.

The loggers also graduate at higher rates. Nearly seven percent more students graduate from UPS than at PLU.

Although PLU students default on approximately three times as many loans as UPS students, PLU is over 10 percent behind the national average. The national average is 13.4 percent.

While some students default on loans, Career Connections at PLU helps students make the transition from PLU to their career. It held its first On-The-Road Experience Feb.  22.

For the On-The-Road Experience, students traveled to Alaska Airlines and World Vision in two separate groups to learn about internship and career opportunities, as well as network.

“The goal is to expose students to different career opportunities and paths,” Bobbi Hughes, executive director of Career Connections, said. More students were interested than Career Connections could accommodate.

Alaska Airlines CEO and PLU Alumnus, Brad Tilden, said, “I love PLU’s approach on both vocation and education.”

Tilden promised PLU prepares students for the transition. “You won’t get the best job coming out, but you will land on your feet.”

Career Connections helps students practice interviews, develop the best possible résumé, network with alumni and make the transition from PLU to career.



Categories: Parkland, Student Life

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