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SOWELA Students Eligible for Financial Aid through Louisiana’s “M.J. Foster Promise Program”


Beginning in July 2022 Eligible Students Can Receive up to $3,200 in Financial Aid per Academic School Year

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – March 8, 2022)

Beginning in July 2022, eligible SOWELA students can take advantage of Louisiana’s “M.J. Foster Promise Program,” a financial aid award given on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds from the program may be used by students over a three-year period to cover their tuition and fees. Qualifying students are eligible for a maximum of $3,200 per award year with a lifetime maximum benefit of $6,400. Students must be 21 years or older to qualify.

Named after former Louisiana Governor Mike J. Foster, the “M.J. 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 the state’s growing industry sectors such as healthcare, construction, transportation and logistics, and more. The goal of the program is to cover community and technical college tuition for thousands of Louisianians.

“Historically Louisiana has provided tuition assistance to graduating high school seniors in the form of the TOPS scholarship. We are excited our state is now giving adult students the same opportunity to receive funding that will provide tuition assistance,” said Allison Dering, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid at SOWELA. “The M.J. Foster Promise Program will open a new door to education and skills training for many Louisiana residents who are wanting to start a new career.”

More information and a full list of SOWELA programs eligible for financial aid under the new program can be found at our MJ Foster Promise page.

In addition to the “M.J. Foster Promise Program,” SOWELA recently announced an anonymous $200,000 donation that will be used to fund student scholarships in 2022, including Surgical Technology classes for those who qualify. The “SOWELA Student Success Scholarship” will be awarded based on merit and need to students who have earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a 2.5 from SOWELA, if currently enrolled, or a 2.5 GPA from high school if enrolling at SOWELA for the first time.

For more information about any of SOWELA’s programs or to apply online, visit this page. Anyone needing additional assistance can contact onestop@sowela.edu for more information.

About SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree, so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years.