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Education, Training, and Student Affairs


The Transfer Degree Guarantee

The Louisiana Transfer Degree guarantees an easy transfer for students from one our colleges to any 4-year public university in Louisiana. Completion of the Association of Arts/Science Louisiana Transfer (AALT/ASLT) Degree guarantees that the student has met, in full, all lower division general education requirements at the receiving Louisiana public university. Graduates transferring with the transfer degree will have junior status.

According to the Southern Region Education Board, students who complete the Louisiana Transfer Degree will, on average, save approximately $6,000 in tuition and mandatory fees by completing their freshman and junior year at a community college.

The Louisiana Transfer Degree is offered by the following LCTCS colleges: Baton Rouge Community College, Bossier Parish Community College, Delgado Community College, Fletcher Technical Community College, Louisiana Delta Community College, Nunez Community College, River Parishes Community College, South Louisiana Community College, and SOWELA Technical Community College.

More information on the Louisiana Transfer Degree is available at:

Transferring Between and Into LCTCS Colleges

Students who attend an LCTCS college have the opportunity to transfer to another college within our system with minimal paperwork!

Transfer to a similar program of study, and you will start  the new programs where you left off.

Students who attend community colleges outside of our 13-college system or a four-year university may transfer into one of our colleges and relevant academic coursework will be applied to their program of study.

Map of LCTCS colleges

Bridge Programs

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Bears to Tigers – Baton Rouge Community College & Louisiana State University

BRCC students who complete an associate’s degree in business, science, engineering, or humanities and social sciences may be admitted to LSU as juniors in their respective programs, as long as they meet LSU’s transfer requirements. Bears 2 Tigers students will benefit from specialized advisement that is designed for students on the Bears 2 Tigers track. Students interested in Bears 2 Tigers should contact the BRCC Admissions Office at 1-866-217-9823 for more information.

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“Ragin’ Cajun Bridge Program” South Louisiana Community College & University of Louisiana at Lafayette

A new partnership between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and South Louisiana Community College benefits students attending SLCC whose long-term academic plans are to earn a bachelor’s degree from UL Lafayette. The new Ragin’ Cajun Bridge Program will enable them to get familiar with the University while still enrolled at the community college.  SLCC students who participate in the program will take classes at SLCC and will be eligible to live in one of the University’s residence halls.

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BPCC @ Grambling State University, Northwestern State University, LSU-Shreveport, Louisiana Tech University (in development)

Bossier Parish Community College has bridge programs established with Grambling State, Northwestern State, and LSU-Shreveport.  A bridge program is currently being developed with Louisiana Tech. BPCC offers freshmen-level courses on the campuses of these institutions. Any first-time freshmen (in-state and out-of-state) who do not meet the admissions criteria are encouraged to take classes through BPCC at one of the bridge partner institutions. Students interested in enrolling in a BPCC bridge program should contact the BPCC Office of Admissions.

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“Connect-to-Success” Northshore Technical Community College and Southeastern Louisiana University

Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) is proud to offer students the “Connect to Success” Program with Southeastern University. Students who do not meet Southeastern Louisiana University’s admission requirements now have the opportunity to enroll in NTCC’s “Connect to Success” Program and receive a seamless and supportive transfer to Southeastern Louisiana University.  Students who enroll in the “Connect to Success” Program will take courses on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, or take courses at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville, LA (on Koop Drive). Students will also have access to Southeastern’s student services such as Textbook Rental, Computer Labs, Health Center, Counseling Center, and more.

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SOWELA & McNeese State University

Bridge programs between SOWELA and McNeese State include the 2+2 Criminal Justice program, Cross Enrollment Agreement, Housing, and Student Referrals.

2 + 2 program in Criminal Justice — Students who complete an Associate degree in Criminal Justice at SOWELA can complete a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at McNeese State University or Northwestern State University.

Reduced Tuition Agreement — McNeese allows SOWELA faculty to purse an advanced degree at a reduced tuition rate.

Cross Enrollment Agreement — students taking courses at McNeese can enroll in courses at SOWELA and students taking courses at SOWELA can enroll in courses at McNeese simultaneously.

Housing Agreement — SOWELA students can utilize the housing options at McNeese.

Student Referrals — students who apply to McNeese and do not meet their minimum entrance requirements, are automatically referred to SOWELA.  SOWELA receives an electronic referral list each semester and the students on this list are contacted by SOWELA recruiters.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Opportunities

LSU Honors Promise Transfer Scholarship

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This transfer scholarship is worth up to $3,000 annually for active Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society student members who wish to transfer to LSU upon completion of an associate’s degree at an LCTCS college.

Northwestern State Purple Prestige Transfer Scholarship

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This scholarship is worth $1,500 annually for active Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society student members who wish to transfer to NSU upon completion of an associate’s degree at an LCTCS college.


Credit for Prior Learning

Many of our students come to our colleges with a wealth of knowledge they obtained through their career, past learning, and life experiences. When relevant, we believe this knowledge can and should be applied to progress towards an academic degree.

All 13 LCTCS community and technical colleges have policies and procedures pertaining to the awarding of academic credit to enrolled students by non-traditional means.

Such credit may include – but is not limited to –

  • CLEP, AP, DSST, credit for past learning and/or life experiences
  • Military testing
  • Industry-based certifications
  • Portfolio assessment of college level learning acquired through work experiences
  • Non –academic instruction evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • State or National Certification (Certification for Manufacturing -C4M)
  • Others as approved by the institution’s chief academic officer.

For more information on each college’s programs, transfer options, and policies, please visit our college websites.

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