New Study Ranks Louisiana Community Colleges

 

NEW ORLEANS — With back-to-school season upon us and a year of community college nearly three times less expensive than a year at a public four-year college, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, coupled with its state-by-state ranking of the Best & Worst Community-College Systems.

To determine where students can receive the best education at the cheapest rates, WalletHub compared 715 community colleges across 17 key indicators of cost and quality. The data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate.

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In Louisiana, community colleges ranked as follows:

When looking at all community colleges in the U.S., River Parishes Community College in Gonzales, LA ranked 3rd in lowest student-loan default rate, while SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles, LA was tied for 1st place in highest return on education investment. 

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