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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specialized group (e.g.

health professionals, students, veterans): Higher Education (includes Research)

Beneficiary Eligibility



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 forms of educational assistance. Contact the PSOB office at 1-888-744-6513 or by e-mail at, for full credential/documentation requirements. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Claimants may initiate a claim by writing or telephoning the PSOEA Program, Benefits Office, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531, (1-888) 744-6513 or

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The applicant must submit a fully executed application to the PSOEA Program, Benefits Office, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531.

Award Procedures

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.


Not Applicable.


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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Dependent upon validity of claim and submission of required documentation.


Applicants may appeal within 30 days of denial notification. The appeal process consists of a record review by an administration hearing officer.


Not Applicable.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements



No audits are required for this program.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 08 $1,280,006; FY 09 est $4,100,000; FY 10 est $4,100,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For classes taken since October 1, 2008, the rates of assistance are $915 per month for full-time students. $686 for three-quarter-time student. $456 for half-time students and $228.75 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 (August 1999); Federal Register guidelines are available.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Eric Martin, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: 1-888 744-6513 or (202) 616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications received by BJA are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements.

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