This program recognizes that the families of such deceased or permanently disabled public servants struggle to meet basic survival needs, preventing them from affording the costs of higher education; however, access to higher education is critical to giving these family members the ability to move forward in the aftermath of a line-of-duty tragedy. PSOEA benefits may be used to defray education expenses, including tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and education-related fees. The amount of assistance is determined by the length of the term and whether the student attends school as a full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time, or less-than-half-time student. The families of specified line-of-duty decedents became eligible for PSOEA benefits for deaths that occurred on or after January 1, 1978; and families with permanently and totally disabled qualifying professionals became eligible as of October 3, 1996. Access is provided to online information on the documents required to receive PSOEA benefits.