About the Program
The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Death benefits are provided in the form of a one-time financial payment to the eligible survivors of public safety officers whose deaths are the direct and proximate result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty or certain eligible heart attacks or strokes. The amount of the PSOB benefit is $370,376 for eligible deaths and disabilities occurring on or after October 1, 2020.
Education benefits through PSOB’s Public Safety Officers’ Educational Assistance (PSOEA) program are provided in the form of financial assistance for higher education for the spouses and children of federal, state, and local public safety officers who have been permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. Educational assistance through PSOEA is only available to the spouse or children of a public safety officer after the PSOB death or disability claim process has been completed and benefits have been awarded. The educational assistance may be used to defray relevant expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and other education-related costs. The amount of the PSOB educational assistance benefit for one month of full-time attendance on or after October 1, 2020 is $1,265.
Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) and Public Safety Officers’ Educational Assistance (PSOEA) Programs
Congressional Research Service, March 2021
Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program Fact Sheet
Bureau of Justice Assistance, August 2020
Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program and COVID-19
Bureau of Justice Assistance, April 2020
Public Safety Officers' Educational Assistance (PSOEA) Program
Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2018