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  • Lela
  • 2237 S. Acadian Thruway
    Suite 650
  • Baton Rouge, LA 70808
  • 225-923-0020
  • 1974
  • Joni Leggio
  • AVP-Marketing
  • 800-228-4755

Program Description

The Louisiana Education Authority (Lela) is a division of the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (LPFA), a nonprofit public trust established to bring financing assistance and advantages to the people of Louisiana. As part of a nonprofit public trust, Lela's mission is to make higher education more accessible and affordable for the people of Louisiana.

Together, Lela and LPFA are committed to making Louisiana a better place to live, work and raise our families by furthering education, healthcare, economic development and job creation in the state. Since 1974, the LPFA has issued over $27 billion in bonds to finance over 600 projects which has helped to generate more than 327,110 jobs in Louisiana!

Over the years, Lela has saved students over $23 million by paying upfront fees for students on their federal student loans and through incentives has offered borrowers the potential to save over $255 million throughout repayment!

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%