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Future Students

Eligibility for Admission

Northwest Louisiana Technical College is an open-admissions College and serves individuals including but not limited to recent high school graduates, current high school and home-schooled students through dual enrollment, veterans, adults seeking a high school equivalency diploma, adults returning to school for a new career or for advancement, and individuals seeking personal development.

Academic achievement testing and/or vocational aptitude assessments are administered for program placement only and are not used in determining admission to the college. The only exception to this rule is where academic achievement levels are required by a licensure/certification board such as a Practical Nursing and Patient Care Technician. Additionally, a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is a requirement for admission into the Practical Nursing program.

Applicants are required to provide proof of residency, selective service registration (if applicable), and immunization records before enrollment. Admission to all programs of Northwest Louisiana Technical College will be made without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, or disability.
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Apply for Admission

Interested persons may apply online here. Additionally, future students can apply in person at any of the five campuses, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Applicants should begin the admission process approximately six to eight months prior to beginning a program.
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Take the COMPASS Placement Test

The COMPASS Placement Test is required to determine course placement; unless the applicant has valid ACT or SAT scores available. The COMPASS is offered at the campus and applicants should call the school to arrange a testing time.

COMPASS is a comprehensive, computer-adaptive testing system that helps place students into appropriate courses at Northwest Louisiana Technical College. The test is designed to determine skill levels in one or more basic academic areas (Reading, Writing/English, and Mathematics) and to assure placement in the appropriate level of instruction. It is not pass/fail. The scores are used to determine which courses a student should take.

Click here for sample placement test questions.

Each Northwest LTC campus location provides students with a testing environment where tests are administered accurately and securely. The Northwest LTC’s Testing Centers are committed to:

The cost of the placement test is ten dollars ($10) per component ($30 total). A student may test a maximum of three (3) times per calendar year (12 months). The cost of retesting is ten dollars ($10) per component.

Immediately after a student completes the COMPASS test he/she will be directed to speak with an advisor to have his/her scores interpreted. Students can review the Northwest LTC Placement Scores here.

Developmental Education

Students whose placement scores do not meet the minimum levels required by the training program into which they wish to enroll are scheduled into Developmental Studies classes to upgrade basic skills. Health Occupations students must attain the minimum required levels prior to entry into the occupational training program. Upon attainment of the minimum level scores, and at the beginning of the next class, those students may seek admission to their chosen program.
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Register for Classes

LOLA (Log On Louisiana) is the online tool used by Northwest LTC students will to monitor their financial aid application, register for classes, review their class schedule, review their account, and access their grade reports and unofficial academic transcript. Important campus dates and announcements are also accessible through LOLA.)

New students can register for classes at Northwest LTC in just four easy steps:

  1. Search for your courses in LOLA and make note of the five-digit class numbers for the courses you want to take. This number will be required to complete registration.
  2. Find out when you can register; registration dates are included on the Academic Calendar.
  3. Ensure that you meet course prerequisites; your advisor can help you with this if you are unsure. Prerequisites are typically met through COMPASS Placement Testing or through successful course completion.
  4. Register for classes! At Northwest LTC, you can register online through LOLA or you can register in-person at anyone of our five campuses.

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What’s Next?

After you register, check your class schedule to confirm enrollment; then be sure to:


Call your campus and ask to speak with the Student Services Representative or speak with an instructor in your program of study.
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New Student Orientation

Most programs require successful completion of the ORNT 1000: Freshman Seminar class within the first two semesters to meet requirements for the degree/diploma. In addition, each program area conducts specific orientation sessions for their students. Review the course curriculum for the individual program to determine if the class is required.
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Re-admission of Former Students

A student must meet the requirements of the current catalog or the catalog effective at the time of entry provided graduation is within five (5) years from the entrance date. Credit earned earlier than five (5) years before graduation will be subject to review and evaluation by the appropriate program. If a student changes his/her major or does not enroll in a given semester (causing a break in continuity of studies), he/she must use the current catalog in effect at the time they change their major or when they reenter.
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Out of State Students

Enrollment requirements for out of state students are the same as in state students. However, the rate of tuition charged to out of state students is higher than that for in state students.
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Schedule of Classes

For the most up-to-date listing of classes available or to register, check LOLA.
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Tuition Payment Plan

Students can pay in full via cash, check or money order at the Administrative Offices at each campus location. Credit card payments must be made online using the student’s LOLA login and password.

Student may also arrange payment via an Installment Payment Plan using CASHNet® automatic draft.

To make payments online:

Please note: Online payments may be made with WebCheck or Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express® or Discover® credit cards.

Please pay attention to all payment deadlines. When paying in full, payment is due at time of registration.

When paying via the installment payment plan using CASHNet, payments will be made in installments.

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