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Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

On March 23, 2018, the President signed Public Law 115-141, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which included an amendment to Section 473(b) of the Higher Education Act, authorizing the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship. This scholarship allows for a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC and be 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. 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently Pell eligible
  • Parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer*.
  • Must be less than 24 years of age or have been enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of your parent or guardian’s passing.

*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.

 

Application Process:

The Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship requires the institution’s financial aid administrator (FAA) to determine and document, in collaboration with the student, that the student was 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. A single, national data source of individuals who died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer does not exist. Here are the documents that you will need to submit to serve as proof of eligibility:

  1. Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be submitted through fafsa.ed.gov. Marlboro school code: 003690.
  2. Complete the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Application.
  3. Copy of student’s birth certificate.
  4. Copy of parent/guardian’s death certificate.
  5. Verification that parent/guardian died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer:
    1. A determination letter acknowledging eligibility for certain federal benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program administered by the Department of Justice; OR
    2. 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; OR
    3. 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
    4. A completed Agency Certification Form (page 3) completed by a state or local government official with supervisory or other relevant oversight authority of the individual who died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer as defined above; OR
    5. Other documentation from a credible source, subject to school determination, that describes or reports the circumstances of the death and the occupation of the parent or guardian.
  6. If parent or guardian is a step-parent, please provide copy of marriage certificate.
  7. If parent or guardian died when student was older than 24, then provide a copy of unofficial transcript or grade report from institution of higher education showing that student was actively enrolled at the time of parent or guardian’s death.

 

Financial Aid Award:

If all requirements are satisfied, student will be eligible for the maximum Pell Grant for their enrollment status and cost of attendance.

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