Cedarville, UD have lowest student loan default rates of area schools

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 4:14 PM

            Brent Shock, assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of financial services at Miami University, right, talks about student loan debt collections at the Ohio Attorney General’s student loan advisory group meeting in Columbus in October.

Cedarville University and the University of Dayton students have the lowest student loan default rates of any area college, according to a new database of default rates from the Student Loan Report, a student loan news website.

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The database ranks colleges based on their average default rate. Cedarville students fared better than anyone else in the area with an average default rate of 2 percent, the 12th lowest in the state, while UD students came in at 13th with a default rate of 2.15 percent.

Eight of 10 area universities had default rates lower than the state average of 13.61 percent, according to the database. Ohio has the 41st lowest default rate.

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Area community colleges had higher default rates than most nearby four-year universities. In some cases, their default rate was more than double or triple the rate of area university students.

The area school with the highest default rate was Central State University.

CSU students ranked 210 in Ohio and had the third highest default rate of any university or college in the state. Around 29.52 percent of CSU students on average defaulted on their loans.

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Below is a complete ranking of area universities and community colleges, according to the report:

Area universities

12. Cedarville University, 2 percent

13. University of Dayton, 2.15 percent

24. Xavier University, 3.14 percent

31. Wittenberg University, 3.95 percent

47. Ohio State, 5 percent

75. University of Cincinnati, 7.63 percent

83. Wright State, 8.27 percent

97. Miami University, 9.3 percent

145. Wilberforce University, 15.02 percent

210. Central State, 29.52 percent

Area community colleges

172. Columbus State Community College, 19.33 percent

176. Edison State Community College, 20.03 percent

177. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 20.05 percent

190. Sinclair Community College, 21.78 percent

201. Clark State Community College, 24.02 percent


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    Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:17 AM
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    We are working to learn about this death. 

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    NEW PARIS — The Preble County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death on Cardinal Hill Drive in New Paris. 

    The county coroner’s office will perform an autopsy Wednesday morning. 

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    Wright State students plan protest of upcoming budget cuts

    Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

            Wright State University’s “Education First Coalition” is planning a protest for the April 7 board of trustees meeting.

    A group of Wright State University students and organizations will protest expected budget cuts and layoffs that could come to light at the April 7 board of trustees meeting.

    Students are planning to march to the board’s committee meeting scheduled for 8 a.m. in the student union Apollo room, according to an event created on Facebook. The students call themselves Wright State’s “Education First Coalition.”

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    The “March for Education” event page on Facebook calls for administrative budget cuts, the release of university audits, divestment from hedge funds, a moratorium on laying off faculty and no tuition increases, though a state tuition freeze has been in place for years.

    For more than three weeks, the group has also been circulating a petition to save jobs that could be cut. The petition had more than 1,000 signatures as of March 20, according to a post on the group’s Facebook page.

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    Wright State laid off 23 employees in October and more positions are expected to be cut in April. The university must trim $25 million from its fiscal year 2018 budget in order to regain its financial footing, officials have said.


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    Teen, 14, killed in Dayton identified

    Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 7:42 PM

    UPDATE @ 10:43 a.m. (March 29):

    The teen police said was shot and killed on Wexford Place Tuesday night has been identified as James Banks, 14, of Dayton, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said.

    The coroner’s office has not released a cause or manner of death yet.

    UPDATE @9:17 a.m. March 29

    The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has confirmed they are investigating the death of a 14-year-old from an incident on Wexford Place.

    The body of the victim is at the coroner’s office and an autopsy is expected to be conducted today to determine the teen’s cause and manner of death.

    Police responded to a shooting Tuesday night in the 3000 block of Wexford Place. The 14-year-old victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

    We’re working to get more information from police.

    UPDATE @ 9:07 p.m.

    A 14-year-old boy is at Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was shot in Dayton Tuesday night, according to police. 

    Police told our crew homicide detectives have been called to the scene in the 3000 block of Wexford Place. 

    No witnesses have come forward at this point, according to police. 

    We are working to learn the identity of the teenager and the circumstances that led to the shooting.

    UPDATE @ 8:11 p.m.

    Crime scene tape has been put up around at least three buildings of the Wexford, an apartment complex on Wexford Place. 

    There is clothing on the ground, between two of the buildings. Investigators are on scene.

    EARLIER REPORT (March 28)

    Police and medics are responding to a reported shooting in Dayton Tuesday night. 

    Crews were dispatched to the 3000 block of Wexford Place around 7:32 p.m. 

    Dispatchers said a 9-1-1 caller said a man was shot up to 8 times before as many as three men drove off in a car. 

    We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more.

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    Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ sequel gets new title: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

    Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:43 AM

    Time Inc.

    Disney’s sequel to its 2012 Oscar-nominated animated comedy Wreck-It Ralph officially has a title and a release date. 

    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is headed to the big screen on March 9, 2018, the studio announced Tuesday night during its presentation at CinemaCon.

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    “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” Moore said in a statement. “Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.”