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Maximum Pell Grant for Children of Fallen Heroes

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.

We want express our sympathy to you and your family regarding the loss of your parent or guardian, and recognize their service to protect others and our community.

To qualify, a student must meet all three of the following criteria:

  1. Have a valid FAFSA on file with ASU and submit all requested documents listed under My ASU Financing Tasks.
  2. Be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) greater than zero. You receive an EFC based on the processing results of your FAFSA which can be obtained through your Student Aid Report.
  3. Be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of their parent’s or guardian’s death.

Renewal criteria

In subsequent award years, the student's eligibility for the maximum Pell Grant for the award year will continue, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student.

Acceptable documentation

A single national data source of individuals who died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer does not exist. Therefore, students must self-identify and document their eligibility with ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Students may upload any of the following documentation into the eForm 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 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 below.
  • Other documentation the school determines to be from a credible source that describes or reports the circumstances of the death and the occupation of the parent or guardian.

Definition of a public safety officer

  1. Defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b):
  2. a) an individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, as a firefighter, or as a chaplain;
    b) an employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who is performing official duties of the agency in an area, if those official duties—
    (i) are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later, declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.); and
    (ii) are determined by the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be hazardous duties;
    c) an employee of a state, local, or tribal emergency management or civil defense agency who is performing official duties in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in an area, if those official duties—
    (i) are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later, declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.); and
    (ii) are determined by the head of the agency to be hazardous duties; or
    (d) a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew who, as authorized or licensed by law and by the applicable agency or entity, is engaging in rescue activity or in the provision of emergency medical services.

  3. 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.

Instructions

  1. Please click on the appropriate academic year’s eForm below.
  2. Upload your documentation.
  3. Submit the eForm to ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

Having trouble downloading a form?

If you are having issues opening one of the forms above, please follow these instructions:

  • Right-click on the form link and choose "Save link as...", or similar depending on your browser.
  • Choose a location on your computer to save the form.
  • Navigate to the location of the saved form on your computer and double-click it to open.
  • To view and complete a parent form, make sure the parent is logged into My ASU as a guest.

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