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Bossier Parish Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research the associate's degree and certificate programs offered at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Bossier Parish Community College

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is a public, 2-year school that was established in 1967 in order for the State of Louisiana to determine the possibilities of creating a system of commuter colleges in the region. The school is located in the largest city in Bossier Parish, Bossier City, home to more than 60,000 individuals.

BPCC moved to its current location in January of 2005 and now resides on 71 acres, utilizing 9 buildings. The college is able to accommodate as many as 9,000 students. Bossier Parish Community College has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools, permitted to provide both certificates and associate's degrees to students.

Academics

Bossier Parish Community College provides a number of study tracks for students to choose from, including 16 certificates and technical diplomas, 28 associate's degrees, and more than 30 technical competency programs in several fields of study. The college offers a range of courses designed to transfer credits to 4-year colleges and universities. BPCC also provides online learning options, offering more than 100 internet-based classes each semester and 4 fully online associate's degree programs.

BPCC has programs set up with technical colleges and education centers in Minden and Shreveport, LA, for students in those areas who want to take college courses. An early start program for high school students and a program at a nearby military base are also available. Students can also participate in non-credit programs of study, such as continuing education, work-force training, and preparation classes to earn a GED.

Admissions

BPCC operates with an open admissions policy. The college provides admittance to any individual who has a high school diploma or GED or meets the criteria required by the college's Ability to Benefit test and is over the age of 18. Without a GED or diploma, potential students need a COMPASS score of 25 or higher in pre-algebra/math skills, a 62 or higher in reading, and a 32 in writing. In order to gain admission to the college, all three minimum scores must be met in a single testing.

Students may submit their applications to the college online, download and print electronic forms, or obtain paper applications on campus. Other requisites prior to class registration include proof of immunization, any applicable transcripts, proof of selective service system registration, and a signed acknowledgement of FERPA rights. For students who do not submit ACT or SAT test scores, placement tests are strongly recommended, but not required.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For residents of Louisiana, tuition and fees were $148.80 per credit hour for 2012-2013. For out-of-state students, the price is $283.22 per credit hour. The price per credit hour is reduced if a student takes more than 1 credit hour at a time. In-state students who planned to take 12 credits or more would pay around $1,456, while out-of-state residents were charged around $3,069 for 12 credits or more. Online classes cost $122 per credit hour for both residents and non-residents, plus a $40 registration fee per semester.

Students applying for federal financial aid must have their FAFSA application submitted no later than June 1 for the following fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Bossier Parish Community College provides at least 3 scholarship opportunities to their students every year: the Annie Lowe Stiles Scholarship, the Police Jury Scholarship, and the Tops Scholarship. Applications for these scholarships must be received by March 31 for the following fall semester and by October 1 for the spring semester.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE QUICK FACTS
School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's degree, less than 1-year certificate, less than 2-year certificate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body In fall 2011, 7,077 undergraduate students*
Student Housing None available*
ACADEMICS
Schools and Programs 9 academic divisions, about 97 programs of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies (180)
Less than 2-year certificate: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies (151)
Less than 1-year certificate: Recording Arts Technology/Technician (93)*
Graduation Rates For students who began in fall 2007:
7% within normal time
12% within 150% normal time
16% within double the normal time needed to earn the certificate/degree*
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate Open admissions policy**
Entering Class Size 1,802 new students in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 49% for full-time students, 36% for part-time students from fall 2010 to fall 2011*
Application Due Date Applications must be submitted and received before registration; spring 2013 registration ends Jan 9**
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013 Rates for 12 Credits and Above) $1455.60 for in-state students; $3,068.64 for out-of-state students **
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (61%), state and local grants (30%), institutional scholarships (17%), federal loans (43%)*
Percent of New Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 81% in 2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **Bossier Parish Community College; ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions/Registrar's Office, Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA 71111
  • Phone: (318) 678-6004
  • Website: www.bpcc.edu

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