Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant

Who is eligible?

Applicants for awards must be dependents of a public safety officer in the state of Oregon, as defined by ORS 181A.355, who was killed or disabled in the line of duty as defined by ORS 243.954. Eligible dependents include the natural child, adopted child or stepchild of eligible public safety officers.

Eligible public safety officers include:

  • Corrections officers
  • Fire service professionals
  • Parole and probation officers
  • Police officers
  • Reserve officers
  • Youth correction officers

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be dependents of a public safety officer in the state of Oregon who suffered death or permanent total disability suffered by a public safety officer while on or off duty as defined by ORS 243.954;
  • Be under 25 years of age at the time of submitting the application;
  • Not have achieved a baccalaureate or higher degree from any post-secondary institution;
  • Be Oregon residents for at least 12 months prior to applying as defined in OAR 575-030-0005(1);
  • Be a citizen of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and intend to become a permanent resident; and
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll as full-time students at an Oregon Opportunity Grant eligible Oregon-based postsecondary institution.

A student who is awarded a scholarship, in addition to satisfying all other eligibility criteria, must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as defined by the institution of higher education.

How do I apply?

Complete the Application and Certification of Eligibility for the Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant.

This is a fillable PDF document which you will not be able to save, so be sure to print it out before closing. After completing, printing out and signing the form, have the supervisor or human resources department of the deceased or disabled public safety officer complete the certification section at the bottom.

Mail completed Application and Certification to:

Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)

Attn: DDPSO Grant Administrator

1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100

Eugene, OR 97401

You also must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) need analysis form for all academic years for which you are receiving the grant as soon after October 1 as possible.

When should I apply?

Applicants are encouraged to apply at the same time they file their FAFSA. You may contact the Office of Student Access & Completion for more information.

How much money will I receive?

The student’s award amount shall be equal to the amount of tuition and all standard fees levied by the institution of higher education against the student reduced by any amounts received by the student in state and federal aid grants. Students may not receive awards in excess of the amount of tuition and fees or the maximum of $13,000 per academic year. The source of the relevant tuition and fee information is published annually by the Office of Student Access and Completion.

Awarding will continue until such time as all available funds have been awarded.

Is this award renewable?

Awards are made on an annual basis and may be received for a maximum equivalent to four academic years (e.g., up to twelve quarters or eight semesters), or until a baccalaureate degree is earned, whichever comes first.

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) need analysis form for all academic years for which you are receiving the grant.

Dependents of deceased public safety officers receiving the grant prior to July 1, 2018 may also receive a maximum equivalent to four academic years (e.g., up to twelve quarters or eight semesters) of post-graduate study.

Who funds this program?

Ten percent of the forfeiture proceeds arising out of prohibited conduct as described in ORS131A.005 (12)(a), (b) and (c) are deposited in the Oregon 529 College Savings Plan Subaccount established under ORS 178.320 for disbursement to the scholarship program for children of public safety officers established under ORS 348.270.

Prior to July 1, 2018: The Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant was funded through the Oregon Opportunity Grant Program (OOG), the state of Oregon's primary need-based grant program.

May the recipient attend college outside Oregon?

No, recipients may not receive the grant to attend a college outside of Oregon. Recipients must attend 2- or 4-year, public or private non-profit colleges located in the state of Oregon. The Deceased and Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant is available to Oregon residents attending one of more than 40 institutions of higher learning throughout the state. Use this link to view a list of participating Oregon-based postsecondary institutions.