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The Regional Contract Program (RCP) is a program that allows Louisiana students opportunities to study Optometry and Podiatry at select out-of-state institutions. Louisiana Post-Secondary institutions have no professional health degree programs in these fields. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Regional Contract Program (RCP) enables residents of our state to study in these fields at discounted tuition rates.

Eligibility/Requirements

Students interested in participation in the Regional Contract Program (RCP) should complete the RCP application and promissory note when it becomes available in early 2020. 

Participating programs which maintain spots for prospective Louisiana students include:

  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (IL)
  • Southern College of Optometry (TN)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (AL)
  • Northeastern State University College of Optometry (OK)
  • University of Houston College of Optometry (TX)
  • Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (OH)

(Private institutions are denoted in italics)

Upon the Student’s selection as an RCP participant, the State of Louisiana will pay a portion of the costs associated with enrollment contingent upon the participating institution.  The commitment to fund the RCP is subject to the appropriations made by the Louisiana Legislature each year. If monies are appropriated into the Board of Regents’ budget to support the program, we will make every effort to assist you. It is also important to note that this is a loan program for which a recipient must practice in the requisite field in Louisiana and maintain the required enrollment as a Medicaid provider for eighteen months for each year of funding received or repay the loan as specified in the promissory note. 


NOTE: The application for admission to the respective institution(s) and program is a separate process. Students should consult with the institution for further information.

Questions about the Regional Contract Program (RCP) can be directed to:

Ms. Shannon Harris
Scholarship & Grant Division
BoR/Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 91202
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 219-2732 (phone)
shannon.harris@la.gov

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