Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund

What is it?

This program provides undergraduate tuition assistance to a child, spouse, and qualified former spouse of peace officers, fire fighters and certain other safety officers who are killed in the line-of-duty, anywhere in the United States. It also provides undergraduate or certificate tuition assistance to the children and spouses of a member of the armed services of the U.S., who has been killed in the line of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or a combat zone designated by the President of the United States. The student is eligible for this program if he/she is an Ohio resident and/or does not qualify for the Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans’ Children Scholarship Program.

Who is Eligible?

Recipients are required to be current Ohio residents. However, recipients are not required to have been Ohio residents at the time the service member was killed in the line of duty. You must be obtaining an associate’s or bachelor's degree or enrolled in a certificate program.

How do I apply?

The child or spouse of a member of the armed services of the US must have the following documents: Copy of Marriage Certificate and Copy of Report of Casualty. Take these documents to the participating institution and they will contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

You must get a letter from Vicki Whyte (614.628.8350) or Cheryl Ribble (614.628.8376) at the Police and Fire Pension Board or a letter from the police chief or fire chief indicating that the parent or spouse was killed in the line of duty. Take the letter to the participating institution and they will contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

How much aid is available?

For the 2021-2022 academic year, for students in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program, the Fund will provide benefits which cover 100% instructional and student fee charges at public colleges and universities and $8,545 per year at private (non-profit and for-profit) post-secondary institutions. 

Recent changes to statute include benefits available to students in a certificate program at an approved post-secondary institution.  For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Fund will provide benefits not to exceed $8,000 per academic year for instructional and student fee charges at public and private (non-profit and for-profit) post-secondary institutions. 

How long are benefits good for?

Students in an undergraduate program are required to be Ohio residents and may receive tuition waivers for a maximum of the equivalent of four academic years of full-time or part-time undergraduate study. Part-time status is considered anything less than 12 credit hours but would be considered as a full term of eligibility.

Students in a certificate program are required to be Ohio residents and may receive tuition waivers for up to two certificate programs, not to exceed the equivalent of four academic years of full-time or part-time undergraduate study. Part-time status is considered anything less than 12 credit hours but would be considered as a full term of eligibility.

Have further questions?

Feel free to contact Ramah Church at (614) 752-9528 or rchurch@highered.ohio.gov.