The Children of Fall Heroes Scholarships Act was passed September 7, 2017, to award Pell Grant-eligible students, whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer, the maximum Pell grant award and an automatic zero expected family contribution (EFC) for the purpose of financial aid need.
To qualify for the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, the student must be:
- Pell Grant eligible
- Have a parent or guardian who died while in the line of duty as a police officer, firefighter or other public safety officer
- Be less than 24 years of age or enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of your parent or guardian's death
If based on the above criteria you believe you may qualify for the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, please provide the the SPSCC Financial Aid Office with the required documentation to determine your eligibility. The documentation that can be submitted is listed below:
- 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 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.
It is the student's responsibility to submit the documentation to the SPSCC Financial Aid Office for determination of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship.
For more information, visit Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act.