What is it?
This program provides tuition assistance to the children and spouses 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 assistance to the children and spouses of a member of the armed services of the US, 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 child is only eligible for this program if he/she is not eligible for the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship.
Who is Eligible?
Recipients must be Ohio residents.
Can I enroll part-time?
Recipients may enroll for full-time or part-time study at any participating Ohio post-secondary institution.
How much aid is available?
For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Fund will provide benefits which cover 100% instructional and general fee charges at public colleges and universities and $8,115 per year at private and proprietary post-secondary institutions.
How do I apply?
Interested students should contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education State Grants and Scholarships Department.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to do to get this program?
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 Sunea Johnson (614.628.8376) at the Policemen and Firemen's 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. You must be obtaining an associate or bachelor's degree.
How long are the benefits good for?
Eligibility is for ten semesters or 15 quarters (up to five years or until a bachelor's degree is obtained, whichever comes first). This includes terms that you use benefits and are not enrolled full-time.