Public Safety Officers' Educational Assistance

 

The PSOEA Program, an expansion of the Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance (FLEDA) Program, provides financial assistance for higher education to the spouses and children of public safety officers killed in line of duty. The PSOEA Program also makes assistance available to spouses and children of public safety officers permanently and totally disabled by catastrophic injuries sustained in the line of duty. Under the PSOEA Program, the families of state and local police, fire, and emergency public safety officers are covered for line-of-duty deaths that occurred on or after January 1, 1978. The families of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters are covered for line of duty deaths occurring on or after October 12, 1984. The effective date for families of permanently and totally disabled Federal law enforcement officers is October 3, 1996. Families of state, local, and tribal police, fire, and emergency public safety officers are covered for line-of-duty permanent and totally disabling injuries that occurred on or after November 13, 1998. Families of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel and state, local, and tribal emergency management and civil defense agency employees are covered for such injuries sustained on or after October 30, 2000.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
16.615
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DIRECT PAYMENTS WITH UNRESTRICTED USE
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Educational Assistance to Dependents of Civilian Federal Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Disabled in the Line of Duty, 42 U.S.C. 3796d. Section 1211 and Section 1212; Public Law 104-238, Section 2(2), 110 Statue 3114; Public Law 105-390, Section 2 (2) Statue 3495., 42 U.S.C 3796d-3796d-7.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Spouses and children who attend a program of education at an eligible institution and are the spouse and/or surviving children under the age of 27 of federal, state, and local public safety officers whose deaths or permanent and totally disabling injuries are covered by the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program (42 U.S.C. 3796 et seq.) are eligible for this program. A public safety officer is

(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; and
(ii) are determined by the Administrator 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; 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.
.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The spouse and surviving children of federal, state, and local public safety officers receive the ultimate benefits from this program. The children may receive benefits for classes taken before their 27th birthday. There is no age restriction for spouses.
Credentials/Documentation
Documentation needed to apply for assistance includes: the Application for Public Safety Officer's Educational Assistance (42 U.S.C. 3796 d); educational transcripts; tuition/fees statements; acceptance letters to educational/professional institutions; schedule of classes; verification of full- or part-time status; and certification of other private educational assistance. Contact the PSOB office at 1-888-744-6513 or by e-mail at AskPSOB@usdoj.gov for full credential/documentation requirements. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Claimants may initiate a claim by filing online at www.psob.gov, telephoning, or writing the PSOEA Program, PSOB Office, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531, (1-888) 744-6513 or AskPSOB@usdoj.gov. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The applicant must submit a fully executed application to the PSOEA Program, PSOB Office, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531. For further information please visit the OJP BJA PSOB website at https://www.psob.gov/index.html.
Award Procedure
Upon a finding of eligibility by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, claimants are typically awarded funds for the current or upcoming term, and they may apply for the following term once the earlier term has been completed. Funds can be received for multiple terms at one time if they have already been completed.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Dependent upon validity of claim and submission of required documentation.
Appeals
Applicants may appeal within 30 days of denial notification. The appeal process consists of a record review by an administration hearing officer.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications received by BJA are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements.
How may assistance be used?
Program funds are intended solely to defray eligible applicants' educational expenses, which may include tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, and other expenditures consistent with the educational, professional, or vocational objectives of the applicant. Funds are restricted to defray above costs only.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No reports are required.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
None.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available for the equivalent of 45 months of full-time education or training, or for a proportional period of time for a part-time program. Assistance is typically awarded in 4-month installments to coincide with the length of a school term. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Hope Janke U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskPSOB@usdoj.gov Phone: 1-888 744-6513 or (202) 616-6500
Website Address
https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=78
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0403-0-1-754.
Obligations
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 14 $16,300,000; FY 15 est $16,300,000; and FY 16 est $16,300,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For classes taken since October 1, 2014, the rates of assistance are $1018 per month for full-time students, $763 for three-quarter-time students, $506 for half-time students, and $254.50 for less-than-half-time students. The amount of assistance is subject to change consistent with the current computation of educational assistance allowance set forth in Title IV of the Higher Education Act, Section 3532 of Title 38, U.S.C.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Bureau of Justice Assistance's Public Safety Officers' Educational Assistance Program Fact Sheet (April 2011) at https://www.bja.gov/Publications/PSOB_FS.pdf.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.