Any Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty as a public safety officer is eligible to receive the maximum Pell Grant for the student’s registration status. Additionally, all other federal financial aid (e.g., Direct Loans, SEOG, and Federal Work Study) awarded will be based on an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero, regardless of what the student’s actual EFC is. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be Pell-eligible, meet all general federal eligibility requirements, and be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at any college at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death. The award can be renewed as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to meet the general federal eligibility criteria.
For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a public safety officer 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.
Students who believe they may qualify for the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarships should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss their eligibility.