Guidelines for Families of Freedom eligibility include the following criteria. If you think that you or someone you know may be eligible to receive a Families of Freedom Scholarship, please review the information below; you can also call toll-free at 1-877-862-0136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Is (And Is Not) Eligible
- Families of Freedom registrants must be dependent children, spouses or domestic partners of 9/11 victims, including airplane crew and passengers; World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors; and relief workers, including firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel, that were involved in the rescue efforts.
- Families of Freedom Scholarships are available for children, including those born after September 11, 2001, who enroll in a program of postsecondary study by age 24. (Those children who turn 24 during their course of study must then continue their program of study uninterrupted, with the exception of summer vacations, in order to continue receiving scholarship assistance.)
- Children must have been born prior to September 30, 2008 to be eligible.
- As of February 15, 2012, spouses and domestic partners are again eligible to apply for scholarships, as the expiration date on this program has been lifted. As with all of Families of Freedom scholarships, the spousal and domestic partner awards are based upon financial need.
- Parents and siblings of victims are not eligible for Families of Freedom Scholarships unless they can provide documentation of financial dependence on the victim.
- At this time, students who show no financial need may receive a modest award for up to four years, or the part-time equivalent, from one of various Families of Freedom subfunds. These awards may be used for education-related expenses.
Eligible Uses of Funds
- Scholarships may be used to attend an accredited vocational-technical school, trade school, two-year college, four-year college, or university located in the United States.
- Families of Freedom Scholarships are available for postsecondary study only. The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund does not provide scholarships for elementary or secondary school.
- Families of Freedom Scholarship recipients may receive scholarship awards for up to four years, or the equivalent if attendance is part-time, depending on total funding available.
- Eligibility for scholarship assistance is always based on financial need, as calculated by our financial need formula. Funds are available for undergraduate study and, in some cases, for graduate study.
- Families of Freedom Scholarships are not provided to repay past student loans.
- Although conditions may change over time, including the percentage of financial need covered, retroactive payments will not be made from the Fund to past recipients.
- Grades are not considered in determining initial eligibility for Families of Freedom scholarships or the value of scholarship awards. However, a transcript of grades is required to verify enrollment and course completion for prior terms.
- Students must apply each year for awards from the Fund in order to determine continued eligibility and award amount. Eligibility for scholarship assistance is always based on financial need. Award amounts for eligible students may change yearly, based on changes in family finances, changes in tuition rates, and current actuarial projections for the Fund.
Families of Freedom Subfund Eligibility
- Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund subfunds are operated in conjunction with the main Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, but are governed by separate, independent agreements between Scholarship America and the donor which detail the specific terms and conditions of each subfund. (2)
- Several of these subfunds provide scholarship awards for graduate study and study outside of the United States. At this time, there are also subfunds that provide modest scholarship awards for Fund registrants who do not have financial need.