South Louisiana Community College
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About South Louisiana Community College
Founded through a legislative act in 1997, South Louisiana Community College is a relatively new addition to the Lafayette area. Since its founding, the college has worked to expand through partnerships with local industries. South Louisiana Community College maintains physical campuses in Lafayette, New Iberia and Franklin. The school predates the establishment of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System of which it is now a member.
At its inception in 1998, SLCC only offered pilot courses in mathematics and English. Only a year later, the school began offering flagship associate's degrees in general studies, liberal arts, general business and early childhood education. The early childhood education program is now known as the care and development of young children program. As of 2012, the school offers roughly ten areas of study, including industrial technology, criminal justice and midwifery.
Since 2006, the school has augmented their degree programs with certificates. Beginning with the Certificate of General Studies, the school has since expanded to include a certificate program in emergency medical technology, as well as 'competency diplomas' in areas involving early childhood care and computer programs.
In addition to traditional programs, South Louisiana Community College also offers transfer curricula. Successful completion of the Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science in Louisiana Transfer guarantees admission into a Louisiana 4-year, public university.
Though students may access the application form online, an online application was not available for submission as of 2013 due to signature requirements. Students must print out the required forms and mail them in to complete the application process. Applicants must also submit a transcript request form from each high school and/or college previously attended.
Tuition and Financial Aid
South Louisiana Community College bills both tuition and fees on a per-credit basis. In 2012, tuition was about $135 per credit for LA residents and $250 for non-residents. Non-residents are also ineligible for certain tuition programs. These include the economic hardship waiver, which allows full-time resident students with a qualifying economic need to waive tuition and fee increases assessed by the school. The Emergency Medical Services program charges a slightly lower tuition and fee rate.
SLCC offers no direct scholarships; however, students can apply for grants and loans through the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). A completed FAFSA is also a requirement for the tuition increase waiver and the Louisiana-based Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). The TOPS program awards money to full-time students of Louisiana Public schools based on a number of different criteria.
The school maintains priority financial aid application deadlines, after which aid is awarded only on a first-come, first-serve basis. The priority deadlines for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters was May 15, October 15 and April 15 in 2012, respectively.
|SOUTH LOUISIANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE QUICK FACTS|
|School Type||2-year, public*|
|Degrees Offered|| Less-than-one-year certificate*
|Religious Affiliation||Not applicable*|
|Academic Calendar||Fall, summer and spring terms**|
|School Setting||Midsize city*|
|Student Body||3,898 undergraduate in 2011*|
|Student Housing||Not available*|
|Schools (and/or) Programs||Two physical campuses, with approximately eight areas of study in 2010-2011**|
|Student-Faculty Ratio||27 to 1 in 2011*|
|Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients)|| Less-than-one-year certificate: emergency medical technician (334)*
One-but-less-than-two-years certificate: general studies (182)*
Associate's: general studies (104)*
|Undergraduate Graduation Rates|| 5% Overall*
8% Transfer-out, students beginning in fall 2008*
|Admission Rate||Open admissions*|
|First-Year Retention Rates|| 45% Full-time*
20% Part-time, students beginning in fall 2010 and returning fall 2011*
|TUITION & FINANCIAL AID|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)|| $133.80 LA-residents, per-credit**
$245.50 Non-residents, per-credit**
|Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it)|| Grant or scholarship aid (72%)*
Federal Grants (61%)*
State/local government grant or scholarships (43%)*
Institutional grants or scholarships (5%) in 2010-2011*
|Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid||72% in 2010-2011*|
Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **South Louisiana Community College.
School Contact Info
- Address: 320 Devalcourt St., Lafayette, LA 70506
- Phone: (337) 521-8923
- Website: www.southlouisiana.edu
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