Lower Columbia College provides this information pursuant to the federal Student Right to Know Act so that prospective students can make informed decisions about colleges they might wish to attend.

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Three of the required elements are Graduation Rate, Transfer-Out Rate, and Retention Rate. Cohort default rates are also included on this page.

This and other data elements are available to the general public on the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) College Navigator.

This report includes a relatively small number of students who are new to college and enroll for the first time in Fall quarter for the purpose of earning a degree. The graduation rate accounts for students who finish within 150% of "normal" completion time.

However, in reality, most Lower Columbia College students take longer to complete a degree.

Graduation Rates of Full-Time, First-Time Degree/Certificate-Seeking Students

based on IPEDS 2014 cohort completing within 150% of normal time as of August 31, 2020.

Overall Graduation Rate: 28%

Graduation Rate by Gender: male graduation rate is 27% and female graduation rate is 29%

Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity:

Race/Ethnicity Grad Rate
American Indian or Alaska Native 75%
Asian 33%
Black or African American 0%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander n/a
White 30%
Two or more races 29%
Race/ethnicity unknown 33%
Nonresident alien


Please note: "Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander" and "Nonresident alien" are "n/a" because no students in the cohort identified with those particular races/ethnicities.

 Graduation Rate by Financial Aid Award Group:

Financial Aid Award Group Grad Rate
Recipients of a Pell Grant 22%
Recipients of a Direct Subsidized Loan that did not receive a Pell Grant 45%
Did not receive either a Pell Grant or Direct Subsidized Loan 35%


Transfer-Out Rate of Full-Time, First-Time Degree/Certificate-Seeking Students

based on IPEDS 2014 cohort finishing within 150% of normal time as of August 31, 2020.

Overall Transfer-Out Rate: 10%


Retention Rates of First-Time Degree/Certificate-Seeking Students

based on IPEDS 2019 cohort returning to LCC the following fall (Fall 2020).

Retention Rate for full-time students: N/A

Retention Rate for part-time students: N/A

Please note: The retention rates are N/A as LCC is now considered a 4-year school because it offers a bachelor's program. Once LCC became a 4-year school, the IPEDS definition of retention rates changed to "first-time, full-time bachelor's seeking student retention rate." LCC does not have any "first-time" bachelor's seeking students, since the bachelor's degree offered at LCC requires an associates degree. Please note that this change is also reflected on the College Navigator Site operated by the National Center for Educational Statistics.

Cohort Default Rates

Fiscal Year LCC Cohort Default Rate National Comparison Percent of Students Taking Loans
2018 15.1% 11.5% 32.8%
2017 18.6% 15.1% 36.4%
2016 15.7% 15.9% 16.1%
2015 23.3% 16.7%  19.7%
2014 20.6% 18.3%  22.6%
2013 23.6% 18.5% 25.1%
2012 25.4% 19.1% 26.6%
2011 24.7%  20.6% 27.3%

Data source for graduation, transfer-out, and retention rates: College Navigator, and Graduation Rates IPEDS report submitted to IPEDS. Data source for Cohort Default Rates is LCC's Financial Aid Department as well as the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website.

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