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What is the M.J. Foster Promise Program?

Program begins July 1, 2022

The M.J. Foster Promise Program provides financial assistance to eligible students who enroll in a qualified program at a two-year public college or university, or an accredited proprietary school licensed by the Board of Regents to pursue an associate degree or a shorter-term postsecondary education credential required for certain high-demand, high-wage occupations aligned with Louisiana’s workforce priorities.

The program is named after the former Louisiana Governor Mike J. Foster.

The M.J. Foster Promise Program is available to all eligible 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.

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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine or demonstrate eligibility for other sources of federal aid. M.J. Foster Promise Award can be used over a period of three years to cover tuition and fees, but students cannot receive a refund from the M.J. Foster Promise Program.

The award amount of $3,200 per award year is for a student enrolled full time. Students can receive a maximum of $6,400 over a period of 3 years. A student may receive the maximum award amount of $6,400 in one year for certain high cost programs. The award amount will be applied to any balance for tuition and fees after all federal, state, and institutional aid has been applied, so award amounts will differ student by student.

For FAFSA assistance, email GeauxFAFSA@la.gov

Applicants must complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA application prior to submitting the M.J. Foster Promise Application to be considered for the program

Where can you use a M.J. Foster Promise Award?

What are the eligibility requirements for the M.J. Foster Promise Program?

  • To be eligible for an M.J. Foster Promise Award, a student must:
    • Be 21 years of age as of the date the school bills LOSFA for your award.
    • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent or co-enroll in a qualified program of study and in a program to earn a high school credential that is recognized by the state of Louisiana.
    • Be a U.S. Citizen and a Louisiana Resident*
    • Have not previously earned an undergraduate degree at the associate level or above.
    • Must complete the MJ Foster Program Award Application
    • Must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year in which they will be enrolled
    • If a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and been separated from service, have received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.
    • Meet the admission requirements of the institution the student plans to attend; and
    • Enroll and remain enrolled in an eligible program of study through the 14th class day at semester schools, or, for any qualifying summer sessions, students attending proprietary schools, and students enrolled in a program that is not provided on a traditional semester/term basis, through the end of the last day to drop and receive a full refund for the course of study in which enrolled.
    • Agree to reside and work full time in Louisiana for a minimum of one year after the completion of the last program of study for which funding is received.
    • Agree to perform each year funding is received at least 20 hours of community service or participate in at least 20 hours in an internship, apprenticeship, or mentorship that is related to the qualified program of study.
    • The student must also certify that:
      • They are not currently imprisoned; and
      • They have not been convicted of a violent crime; and
      • They have a family income that does not exceed three hundred percent of the federal poverty guidelines; or certify that they are currently unemployed or has been underemployed for a period of at least six months prior to the date they would receive an award.

    *The student must have actually lived and resided in Louisiana for 24 months prior to completing the FAFSA to be considered a Louisiana resident for the MJ Foster Promise Program. If the student was a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions, and after separating from active duty, must become a Louisiana resident within 24 months prior to the application date.

  • To maintain eligibility to receive an M.J. Foster Promise Award, a recipient must:
    • Annually complete the FAFSA.
    • Annually complete the on-line application for an M.J. Foster Promise Program award.
    • Make steady academic progress
    • Remain in good academic standing at the college in which enrolled.
    • Maintain continuous enrollment, unless granted an exception
    • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 calculated on a 4.00 scale in a qualified program for which letter grades are issued.
    • Maintain steady academic progress in a qualified program for which letter grades are not issued.
    • Not be incarcerated and not have a conviction for any violent crime
    • If a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and been separated from service, have received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.
    • Have received the award for not more than three consecutive academic years unless granted an exception
    • Have not used the award to earn more than sixty (60) hours of college credit.
    • Certify the completion of at least twenty (20) hours of community service or twenty (20) hours of participation in an apprenticeship, internship, or mentorship for the prior calendar year.
    • A recipient may continue to receive an award under this section after they have completed one or more qualified programs of study other than an associate’s degree if:
      • They continue to meet all of the continuing eligibility requirements
      • They have not exhausted the maximum award eligibility of six thousand four hundred dollars ($6,400).
      • They have not received the award for three years.

If a student does not meet the continuation requirements, a Request for Exception to the Continuation Requirements can be filed with the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.

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

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