MJ 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.  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.


WHAT IS THE MJF PROMISE PROGRAM?
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 growing industry sectors.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE MJ FOSTER PROMISE PROGRAM?
All Louisiana residents (21 years or older) No GPA or ACT requirements. Eligible participants must meet a family income threshold as listed below.
• 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

WHAT IS THE AWARD AMOUNT?
Award amounts will vary by student. All applicants must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal aid. The promise funds will apply to any balances after federal, state, or individual aid has been disbursed.

WHAT CAN I USE THE MJ FOSTER PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP FOR?
The promise funds will be used to cover tuition and fees.

HOW IS MJ FOSTER PROMISE DIFFERENT FROM TOPS TECH?
Students graduating from high school will continue to have access to TOPS Tech. In order to make financial support more accessible to more Louisianans, MJ Foster Promise will be available to students 21years or older and has no GPA requirements.

DID YOU KNOW?
An estimated 250,000 more adults will need to earn credentials beyond high school in order to fill available jobs in Louisiana in 2026.

Students must be enrolled in one of the following Delgado programs to participate:

  • Architectural/Design Construction Technology, A.A.S.
  • Civil and Construction Applied Engineering Technology, A.A.S.male and female looking over construction plans
  • Cloud Computing, A.A.S.
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting, A.A.S.
  • Computer Information Technology, A.A.S.
  • Computer Network Technology, A.A.S.
  • Electrical-Electronics Engineering Technology, A.S.
  • Electronics Service Technology, A.A.S.
  • Health Information Technology, A.A.S.
  • Instrumentation and Control, A.A.S
  • Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.
  • Motor Vehicle Technology, A.A.S.
  • Nursing – Registered Nursing, A.S.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.A.S.
  • Physical Therapy Assistant, A.A.S.
  • Polysomnographic Technology, A.A.S.
  • Radiologic Technology, A.A.S.
  • Respiratory Care Technology, A.A.S.
  • Science Laboratory Technology, A.A.S.
  • Surgical Technology, A.A.S.
  • Master HVAC/R Technician, T.D.
  • Nursing – Practical Nursing, T.D.female nurse
  • Certified HVAC Technician, C.T.S.
  • A+ Certification, C.T.C,
  • Application Programming, C.T.C.
  • AutoCAD, C.T.C.
  • Central Sterile Processing, C.T.S.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, C.T.C.
  • Cloud Computing, C.T.C.
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting, C.T.S.
  • Computer and Electronics Service Technology, C.T.S.
  • Computer Network Technician, C.T.S.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography, P.A.C.
  • Dialysis Technician, C.T.C.
  • Electric Line Technician, C.T.S.
  • Electrician: Commercial, C.T.S.
  • Electrician: Residential, C.T.S.
  • Electrician: Small Industrial, C.T.S.
  • Electrocardiographic Technician, C.T.C.
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, C.T.C.
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic, C.T.S.
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology, C.T.S.
  • Information Security/Assurance, C.T.C.
  • Information Technology Support, C.T.C.male working on a computer server
  • Logistics Technology, C.T.S.
  • Massage Therapy, C.T.S.
  • Medical Coding, C.A.S.
  • Medical Registration Specialist, C.T.S
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Light Repair, C.T.C.
  • Motor Vehicle Technology, C.T.S.
  • NET+ Certification, C.T.C.
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology, P.A.C.
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant, C.T.S.
  • Pharmacy Technician: Advanced-Level Pharmacy Technician, C.T.S.
  • Pharmacy Technician: Entry Level Pharmacy Technician, C.T.C.
  • Phlebotomy Technician, C.T.C.
  • Precision Machining, C.T.S.
  • Radiation Therapy, P.A.C.
  • Residential Construction, C.T.S.
  • Revit, C.T.C.
  • Surgical Technology, C.T.S.
  • Web Programming, C.T.C.
  • Web Site Design, C.T.S.
  • Welding: Flux Cored Arc Welding & Gas Metal Arc Welding (FCAW & GMAW), C.T.C.
  • Welding: Flux Cored Arc Welding & Gas Metal Arc Welding (FCAW & GMAW), C.T.S.
  • Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), C.T.S.
  • Welding: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), C.T.S.

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.
    • 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.

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