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 Sowela Technical Community College

Sowela Technical Community College - Lake Charles, LA

3820 J Bennett Johnston Ave, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70616

General information:(337)491-2698
Awards offered:Award of less than 1 academic year
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Associate's degree
Campus setting:City: Small
Campus housing:No
Student population:3,054( All undergraduate )
Student-to-faculty ratio:24 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
Distance learning opportunities
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Rural-serving Small
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $1,584 $1,880 $2,602 -28%
Out-of-state $2,976 $3,568 $4,486 -20%
Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus
Room and board $8,236 $8,236 $9,326 -13%
Other $3,398 $3,398 $3,435 -1%
Off Campus with Family
Other $5,949 $5,949 $6,397 -7%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $2,784 $3,080 $3,802 0%
Off Campus $14,418 $14,714 $16,563 -13%
Off Campus with Family $8,733 $9,029 $10,199 -10%
On Campus $4,176 $4,768 $5,686 -20%
Off Campus $15,810 $16,402 $18,447 -11%
Off Campus with Family $10,125 $10,717 $12,083 -17%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $2,112
In-state fees $490
Out-of-state tuition $3,996
Out-of-state fees $490
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 394 76% --
Grant or scholarship aid 379 73% $1,546,191 $4,080
Federal grants 323 62% $1,398,807 $4,331
Pell grants 323 62% $1,349,118 $4,177
Other federal grants 77 15% $49,689 $645
State/local government grant or scholarships 100 19% $123,761 $1,238
Institutional grants or scholarships 23 4% $23,623 $1,027
Student loan aid 6 1% $35,052 $5,842
Federal student loans 0 0% Implied zero Not applicable
Other student loans 6 1% $35,052 $5,842
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 1,731 66% $6,264,833 $3,619
Pell grants 1,510 58% $5,540,589 $3,669
Federal student loans 0 0% $0 Not applicable


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $8,177 $8,085 $8,221
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $7,565 $7,658 $7,827
$30,001 - $48,000 $7,970 $8,957 $8,511
$48,001 - $75,000 $8,304 $10,303 $10,084
$75,001 - $110,000 $10,126 Not applicable Not applicable
$110,001 and more $10,312 Not applicable Not applicable

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


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Fall 2011
Total enrollment 3,054
Undergraduate enrollment 3,054
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 286
Graduate enrollment 0

•This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.

First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 34 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.

No varsity sports data reported for this institution.


Council on Occupational Education11/11/1971 Accredited
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges06/21/2012 Pre-Accredited


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Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations00 0
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession ------
Drug law violations ----
Liquor law violations ------
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 001
Burglary 111
Motor vehicle theft 100
Arson 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter ------
Negligent manslaughter ------
Sex offenses - Forcible ------
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) ------
Robbery ------
Aggravated assault ------
Burglary ------
Motor vehicle theft ------
Arson ------
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate25.1%
Number in default53
Number in repayment211

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00546700

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMAward of less than 1 academic year Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years Associate's degree
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping566021
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General783713
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry232
Category total13610036
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Programming, Specific Applications20116
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications393114
Category total594220
Construction Trades Colleges
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General3823-
Plumbing Technology/Plumber-0-
Category total74110-
Education Colleges
Technical Teacher Education--1
Category total--1
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General186023
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other7419489
Instrumentation Technology/Technician699942
Category total161353154
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training5238-
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide43--
Category total9538-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies872912
Category total872912
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
General Studies-00
Category total-00
Mechanic and Repair Technologies Technicians Colleges
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician6184
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician513-
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician19421-
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician1432
Category total219556
Personal and Culinary Services Colleges
Culinary Arts/Chef Training18230
Category total18230
Precision Production Colleges
Welding Technology/Welder2871-
Category total2871-
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Commercial and Advertising Art174111
Category total174111
Grand total894862240