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What is the mj foster 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 these growing industry sectors.

This includes students pursuing associates degrees, a technical certificate, or HiSET/high school equivalency (WorkreadyU).

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.

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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