IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 9, 2017
Mr. Casey (for himself, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Donnelly, and Ms. Collins) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To increase Federal Pell Grants for the children of fallen public safety officers, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act.
Calculation of eligibility
Section 473(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087mm(b)) is amended—
in paragraph (2)—
in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by inserting
(in the case of a student who meets the requirement of subparagraph (B)(i)), or academic year 2017–2018 (in the case of a student who meets the requirement of subparagraph (B)(ii)), after
academic year 2009–2010; and
by amending subparagraph (B) to read as follows:
whose parent or guardian was—
a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001; or
actively serving as a public safety officer and died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer; and
in paragraph (3)—
Notwithstanding and inserting the following:
paragraph (2) and inserting
subparagraphs (A), (B)(i), and (C) of paragraph (2); and
by adding at the end the following:
Public safety officers
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, unless the Secretary establishes an alternate method to adjust the expected family contribution, for each student who meets the requirements of subparagraphs (A), (B)(ii), and (C) of paragraph (2), a financial aid administrator shall—
verify with the student that the student is eligible for the adjustment;
adjust the expected family contribution in accordance with this subsection; and
notify the Secretary of the adjustment and the student’s eligibility for the adjustment.
by adding at the end the following:
Treatment of Pell amount
Notwithstanding section 1212 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796d–1), in the case of a student who receives an increased Federal Pell Grant amount under this section, the total amount of such Federal Pell Grant, including the increase under this subsection, shall not be considered in calculating that student’s educational assistance benefits under the Public Safety Officers' Benefits program under subpart 2 of part L of title I of such Act.
Definition of public safety officer
For purposes of this subsection, the term public safety officer means—
a public safety officer, as defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b); or
a fire police officer, defined as an individual who—
is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency;
is not a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, a chaplain, or a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew; and
provides scene security or directs traffic—
in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency; or
at a planned special event.
Calculation of Pell Grant amount
Section 401(b)(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a(b)(2)) is amended—
in subparagraph (A), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking
The Amount and inserting
Subject to subparagraph (C), the amount; and
by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
In the case of a student who meets the requirements of subparagraphs (A), (B)(ii), and (C) of section 473(b)(2)—
clause (ii) of subparagraph (A) of this paragraph shall be applied by substituting
from the amounts appropriated in the last enacted appropriation Act applicable to that award year, an amount equal to the amount of the increase calculated under paragraph (7)(B) for that year for
the amount of the increase calculated under paragraph (7)(B) for that year; and
shall be provided an amount under clause (i) of this subparagraph only to the extent that funds are specifically provided in advance in an appropriation Act to such students for that award year; and
shall not be eligible for the amounts made available pursuant to clauses (i) through (iii) of paragraph (7)(B).
Rule of construction
A student who is eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant for the academic year for which the determination is made, whose parent or guardian was actively serving as a public safety officer and died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer, and who, at the time of the parent or guardian's death, was less than 24 years of age, or enrolled at an institution of higher education on a part-time or full-time basis shall receive a calculation of a Federal Pell Grant amount according to the amendment made by subsection (a) for the academic year only to the extent that funds are specifically provided in advance in an appropriation Act to such students for that award year.
The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled
Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.
This Act, and the amendments made by this Act, shall take effect on July 1, 2017.