Children of Fallen Heros:
You may be eligible to receive the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship if:
- You meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
- Your parent or guardian passed away the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer.*
- You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.
How do I apply?
- Annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) AND
- Submit the request form
- For the first year - provide the Financial Aid Office supporting documentation confirming scholarship eligibility. Documentation may include:
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 determination made by a state or local government official with supervisory or other relevant oversight authority of an individual who passed away in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer*
- 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 third-party documentation that describes or reports the occupation and circumstances of the passing of the parent or guardian.
Once awarded you will be sent an email to review the financial aid awards on your NetPartner account.
Students continue to be eligible in future award years as long as the annual FAFSA determines a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and you remain an eligible student.
* 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.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant:
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are for undergraduate students who are not Federal Pell Grant eligible; whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001; and who, at the time of the parent's or guardian's death, were less than 24 years old or were enrolled at least part-time at an institution of higher education.
- You are pursuing your first bachelor’s degree.
- You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.
- Your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11.
- You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.
How do I apply?
You must have a valid FAFSA on file and submit all requested documents listed in your NetPartner account. The Department of Defense will identify eligible individuals once the FAFSA is submitted.
The maximum award of the IASG is equal to the maximum Federal Pell Grant that is available for the award year, but cannot exceed your cost of attendance when coordinated with your other financial aid awards. If enrolled less than full time, the grant will be prorated.
You must submit the FAFSA every year that you are enrolled, continue to meet the general eligibility criteria and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Please be aware that the federal government has established a lifetime limit of no more than 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent) for eligible students.
For more information regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.