Federal Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

In March 2018, the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship was authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination is made.


  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant
  • Have a parent or guardian who was a public safety officer killed in the line of duty
  • Have been less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent or guardian's death

In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship (increased Pell Grant), as long at the student has a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and continues to be an eligible student.

Students who qualify for the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, may also be eligible for increased funding from the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant program, Subsidized Direct Loan program, and Federal Work-Study.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact our office at finaidhelp@wbu.edu or 806-291-3520 for more information.

Award Range

The maximum award is $6,895 for the 2022-23 award year.