State Employees, Finish Your Degree with Compete LA

Compete LA has partnered with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne and the state of Louisiana to create opportunities for state employees like you to finish earning their degrees.

Take the first step toward your brighter future by joining Compete LA to reach your degree completion goal.

What is Compete LA?

Compete LA is a program designed to help you complete your degree. The program is designed for Louisianians with some college credit and features a variety of online degree programs and other convenient class structures from the universities you know and love to get you across the finish line. 

What can I expect?

Your personal Compete LA coach will work with you to evaluate your existing credits and goals and guide you through re-enrollment. Your coach will provide support throughout your journey to help you navigate your college experience all the way through graduation.

Why should I do this?

You’ve probably been thinking about this for a while but didn’t know how to make it work with your lifestyle. Now, you have a chance to finish your degree, experience walking across the stage, and drastically improve your career. The better question is “Why not?”

Is Compete LA right for me?

If you started your college degree but didn't graduate, we want to help you make sure the work you already put in doesn't go to waste. With dedicated coaches to guide you through your academic journey and flat-rate tuition pricing, Compete LA helps you finish what you started.

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Simple, Convenient Pricing

Joining Compete LA and all the support, encouragement, and guidance that comes from your coach is at no cost to you. In fact, Compete LA students are eligible for flat-rate tuition pricing at their institutions with ZERO FEES. We know that financial planning is a very important part of returning to school. With Compete LA, you’ll know exactly how much finishing your degree will cost upfront.

Partner Universities

Okay, I'm sold. How do I get started?


Join Compete LA

Fill out an application to be connected with a Compete LA Coach.


Get Matched With A Coach

Your Coach will help you select a degree program based on your experience and aspirations.


Coach Evaluates Degree Path

Your Coach will evaluate existing credits to help choose degree program


Complete Re-enrollment

Your Coach will guide you through the re-enrollment process, including scheduling and financial aid.


Stay Connected With Your Coach Through Graduation

Your Coach will provide guidance until you reach graduation

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for Compete LA?

Do you live in Louisiana? Have you earned some college credit but not enough for a bachelor's degree? Have you been out of college for at least two years? You’re eligible!

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How do I know this program is right for me?

Compete LA is designed to help you earn your degree. Your personal coach will address your specific needs and concerns and guide you toward your degree.

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Do I have to do everything alone?

No! Your personal coach will be with you for your entire journey. From enrollment to graduation, your coach will be by your side to help you earn your degree.

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How much will it cost?

You're making a great investment in your future. Compete LA students pay a flat-rate tuition of $275 per credit hour with no fees. On occasion you may need to take a specialized courses which will still require course-specific fees.

Flat-rate Tuition

How will I pay for this?

Compete LA is a completely free program and the Universities of Louisiana are committed to maintaining low cost educational opportunities for returning adults. Partner universities have waived the application fee for Compete LA students. Your coach will guide you through the application process and help identify other available aid based on your major and circumstances.

Financial Aid

Are there any grants/aid for military students?

Yes, your coach will help connect you with the many resources available to ease your path to a degree.


Time to take the first step and meet your coach.

Now that you know the process, take the next step toward your new career. Download the Compete LA app to get started.

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