Which students are best at paying back college loans?

College students at graduation
College students at graduation

Times may be tough, but some students are still managing to make payments on their student loans. The U.S. Department of Education just released an extensive list of colleges where students have the best -- and worst -- track record of repaying their loans -- and some interesting trends have emerged.

U.S. News and World Report sorted through the list, which ranked 8,412 colleges, job training programs, and graduate schools across the country. One finding: students at nursing schools and institutes of technology are among the most diligent about paying their student loans. Among the top 20 colleges on the list, are the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and Medcenter One College of Nursing located in Bismark, North Dakota, both of which saw more than 90% of students repay their loans in 2009.