SOWELA Technical Community College

Lake Charles, LA 70615
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SOWELA Technical Community College is one of the sixteen public 2-year colleges in Louisiana. The campus is located in an urban area, in Lake Charles.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 3,347 students attend the school. Every year 38% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

SOWELA Technical Community College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $3,335, and fees were $850. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $6,762 and $850 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students3,347
Student to Faculty Ratio22:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate59%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 0
Certificate 3 34
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 2 42

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Institutional Accreditations
Council on Occupational Education
11/11/1971 - Current
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
06/20/2014 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$179/credit
In State Students$179/credit
Out of State Students$321/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $8,055 $8,055 $14,445
ADN 70 $12,530 $12,530 $22,470
BSN 125 $22,375 $22,375 $40,125
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 81% of SOWELA Technical Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 58% $4,541
Other Federal Grant 4% $568
State Grant & Scholarships 45% $2,042
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 7% $1,845
Federal Student Loans -- --
Private Loans 5% $7,122


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,165
$30,001 to $48,000$8,542
$48,001 to $75,000$9,516
$75,001 to $110,000$9,338
Over $110,000--

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Louisiana state board of nursing.
SOWELA Technical Community College
3820 J Bennett Johnston Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70615

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