Financial Aid

MJ Foster Promise Program 

Eligible students can participate in the MJ Foster Promise Program, a financial aid award given on a first-come, first-served basis. Promise funds can be used over a three-year period to cover tuition and fees. The award amount is a maximum of $3,200 per award year with a lifetime maximum benefit of $6,400. 

Promise funds are a “first dollar” award for 1st time recipients. This means that “first dollar” can ONLY be used for the very 1st semester of eligibility. Any subsequent semesters of enrollment will be a “Last Dollar” award (see below). 

Any continuing recipients of the Promise Award will be considered “last dollar”, meaning applicants who have received an initial semester of award must complete the FAFSA PRIOR to the start of their 2nd semester to determine eligibility for other sources of federal aid or demonstrate eligibility for federal aid. 

Students must be enrolled in one of the programs below to participate. 

Enrolled at RPCC? Let us know that you are MJ Foster Eligible by completing the M.J. Foster Eligibility Notification Form.

*AALT, ASLT, AST, AGS, Business Office Administration and Criminal Justice are NOT eligible for the MJ Foster Program. 

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Be 21 years or older. 
  • 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 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Have not previously earned an undergraduate degree at the associate level or above. 
  • Be a Louisiana resident and U.S. Citizen. 
  • 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. 

How to Apply 

  • Submit the FAFSA Application for the academic year you will be attending. 
  • Submit the Application for the M.J. Foster Promise Program at the LOSFA Student Hub
  • Complete application process at RPCC 
  • Enroll in classes at RPCC in one of the programs listed above. 
  • Complete all unsatisfied financial aid tracking requirements as viewable in LoLA.  


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Gonzales Campus
925 W. Edenborne Parkway
Gonzales, LA. 70737

Reserve Campus
181 Regala Park Road
Reserve, LA. 70084

St. Charles Campus
13145 HWY 90
Boutte, LA. 70039

Westside Campus
25250 Tenant Road
Plaquemine, LA. 70764

Westbank Workforce Training Center
Donaldsonville High School
100 Tiger Drive
Donaldsonville, LA. 70346


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