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What is the Louisiana M.J. Foster Promise Program

The M.J. Foster Promise Program will be administered by the Board of Regents through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.  Students will be able to participate beginning in July 2022.

All public two-year postsecondary institutions in Louisiana are eligible training providers as well as accredited proprietary schools licensed by the Board of Regents.

Who Qualifies for the M.J. Foster Promise Program?

The M.J. Foster Promise Program will be available to all Louisiana residents (21 years or older) with individual student awards available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students will qualify for financial support to earn credentials that align to high-demand jobs in growing industry sectors, such as construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics.  Click here to view the list of approved qualified programs.

Eligibility Requirements

You must:

  1. Meet a family income that does not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Level or be unemployed or underemployed for six months prior to receiving grant.
  2. Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent or co-enroll in a qualified program of study and in a program to earn high school credential.
  3. Have not previously earned an undergraduate degree at the associate level or above.
  4. Be a Louisiana resident and U.S. Citizen.
  5. Commit to reside in Louisiana one year after completion and to perform 20 hours of community service, an internship, or a mentorship annually to maintain the award.

Incarcerated individuals and those who have been convicted of any crime of violence as defined in RS 14:2 are prohibited from receiving M.J. Foster Promise funds.

What is the Award Amount for the M.J. Foster Promise Program?

The M.J. Foster Promise Program will serve as a “last dollar” award, which means all applicants will be required to complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for other sources of federal aid or demonstrate eligibility for federal aid. The Promise funds would apply to any balances after federal, state, or institutional aid has been disbursed, so award amounts will differ student by student.

The Promise funds can be used over a period of three years to cover tuition and fees, but no additional funds will be rebated to students. Lifetime individual caps on the awards will match the maximum TOPS Tech benefit in current law ($6,400). The award amount is $3,200 per award year.  Student may receive maximum award amount of $6400 if enrolled in a high-cost program. If a student does not meet the continuation requirements, like the other programs, they can file for an exception.

Please see below to view all eligible institutions that will distribute the M.J. Foster Promise Program award beginning July 1.

Contact LOSFA staff at MJFoster.Promise@la.gov for more information.

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