Current Actuarial Report

Updated 2/29/16

Each year the assumptions on which payout are based—the age of estimated students, their likelihood of attending school in New York (tuition free), the estimated amount of need, and the anticipated returns from investments, etc.—are reviewed and updated by the Gallagher Group, an independent actuarial firm. Based on the most recent actuarial calculations, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is currently able to cover 51% of student need.

Despite the considerable assets of the Fund, and to the surprise of many who look at the eye-popping number, the assets are still insufficient to cover 100% of anticipated financial need.

Many people have asked us why, with a $100+ million fund, are we unable to give full scholarships. The reason is that we hold these funds in trust for the children who are not yet of college age.

The table below highlights the financial aid "bubble" of dependents of 9/11 victims anticipated over the next 10 years, peaking between 2011 and 2016. These are the kids who may have been babies or toddlers when their mother or father was killed or disabled during the 9/11 attacks. Between 2010 and 2019, we anticipate scholarship needs to reach over $100 million for these students. Keeping our eye toward the future, it now appears that the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund will be able to support the educational aspirations of these students through 2030.

Based on the current ages of those estimated eligible students it is anticipated that the following number of students will be receiving financial aid in each of the coming years.

Year Recipients  
2002 71 Actual
2003 180 Actual
2004 273 Actual
2005 302 Actual
2006 347 Actual
2007 422 Actual
2008 527 Actual
2009 654 Actual
2010 749 Actual
2011 783 Actual
2012 779 Actual
2013 776 Actual
2014 622 Estimated
2015 612 Estimated
2016 605 Estimated
2017 584 Estimated
2018 589 Estimated
2019 560 Estimated
2020 537 Estimated
2021 486 Estimated
2022 358 Estimated
2023 242 Estimated
2024 125 Estimated
2025 34 Estimated
2026 22 Estimated
2027 14 Estimated
2028 8 Estimated
2029 3 Estimated
2030 0 Estimated

Keeping Dreams Alive

Maureen"The Families of Freedom Scholarship sustains the memories of all those lost or suffering due to 9/11. It is so humbling that donors, who are seemingly strangers, can show such kindness and compassion. Scholarship America gives me strength and hope for a better future."

Register & Apply

The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund benefits financially needy dependent children, spouses, and domestic partners of 9/11 victims. If you are eligible to receive assistance, you'll need to complete a one-time registration; after that, you will need to submit an application each year.

Award Calculator

Use the "Planning Ahead" Estimated Award Calculator to stimate what the family is expected to contribute to the student's college expenses, and the amount that may be awarded to you for the upcoming academic year.

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