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 and local 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.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: PSOEA has developed an E-package. The PSOEA application can be downloaded from the PSOB website at:, or Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.