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.
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.
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 (34 U.S.C.
§§ 10281-10288) are eligible for this program.
The maximum age of eligibility for surviving children will be extended by the amount of time a claim for death, disability, or education benefits has been pending before the Bureau of Justice Assistance in excess of one year.
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. .
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.
Documentation needed to apply for assistance includes: the Application for Public Safety Officer's Educational Assistance (34 U.S.C. §§ 10301-10308); 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.
Aplication and Award Process
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.
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.
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.
Educational Assistance to Dependents of Civilian Federal Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Disabled in the Line of Duty, codified at 34 U.S.C. §§ 10301 ? 10308 (as reclassified effective September 1, 2017), formerly classified to sections 3796d ? 3796d-7 of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare.
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.
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 reports are required.
No audits are required for this program.
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 16 $4,000,000; FY 17 est $16,300,000; and FY 18 est $16,300,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For classes taken since October 1, 2016, the rates of assistance are $1024 per month for full-time students, $767 for three-quarter-time students, $510 for half-time students, and $256 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.
Regional or Local 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
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applications received by BJA are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements.
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