Named after former Louisiana Governor Mike J. Foster, the MJ Foster Promise Program is a new $10.5 million annual state fund that will provide financial support for students to earn credentials that align to high-demand jobs in these growing industry sectors.

Applications for the M.J. Foster Promise Program will open on Saturday, June 1, 2024.


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.

  •    Household of 1 = $38,640
  •    Household of 2 = $52,260
  •    Household of 3 = $65,880
  •    Household of 4 = $79,500
  •    Household of 5 = $93,120

2. To view the most updated poverty thresholds and for households of six or more, visit the U.S. ASPE webpage for more information.

3. 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.

4. Have not previously earned an undergraduate degree at the associate level or above.

5. Be a Louisiana resident and U.S. Citizen.

6. 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.

7. 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.

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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.