River Parishes Community College

925 West Edenborne Parkway, Gonzales, LA

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River Parishes Community College, located in Sorrento, Louisiana, was founded in 1997 through the approval of a measure passed in State Senate. The school was established in recognition of the lack of a community college system, and the few such schools operating in the state, though it was among the most populous in the Union. The school, along with six others, forms the Louisiana Community and Technical College System which is responsible for the operation and funding of two year institutions throughout the state.


River Parishes Community College offers students a variety of programs that allows them to choose the path that best suits their goals. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree, followed by applying for transfer to four year institutions in order to continue their studies and earn their degree. Career training programs provide individuals with an education in an industry or field with the intention of seeking long term employment upon completion. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a degree or certificate.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

River Parishes Community College is an open enrollment institution that allows any individual interested in enrolling to do so by submitting an application and paying associated fees. Students should provide transcripts and standardized test scores if available, and may be required to take a placement exam. Students are also asked to participate in orientation and to meet with a counselor prior to registration. Financial aid is awarded based on need as determined by the information provided by the student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and is offered in the form of loans, grants and scholarships.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $15 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $3,300-$4,000
    • Out-of-State: $7,400-$8,856
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $140-$170 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $330-$400 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid82%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships73%$4,724
Receiving Student Loans38%$5,234

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, River Parishes Community College may offer services like:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for River Parishes Community College compared to community colleges in Louisiana, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

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Graduation Rate7.2%-17.1%
Transfer-out Rate32.3%-14.9%
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by River Parishes Community College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies


Engineering Technology

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Precision Production

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to River Parishes Community College.

Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

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