Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

On March 23, 2018 the President authorized the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act.  Beginning with the 2018-2019 award year, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. 

 

Student Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Have been less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death; and
  2. Be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC (up to 5486 for the 2018-2019 award year). In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student.

 

A Public Safety Officer for Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act is:

  • As defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b); or
  • A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.

 

How to Apply:

If the above mentioned criteria applies to you, please complete the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Application and attach one of the following as documentation.

  • A determination letter acknowledging eligibility for certain federal benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program administered by the Department of Justice;
  • A written letter of attestation or determination made by a state or local government official with supervisory or other relevant oversight authority of an individual who died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer as defined above;
  • Documentation of the student qualifying for a state tuition or other state benefit accorded to the children or other family members of a public safety officer consistent with the definition in 42 U.S.C. 3796b, or as a fire police officer as noted above; or
  • Other documentation from a credible source that describes or reports the circumstances of the death and the occupation of the parent or guardian.