California Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program LEPD


The Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents (LEPD) Grant Program is a program that’s administered by the California Student Aid Commission. It provides grant awards to California residents who plan on attending an accredited college/university in California. The student must be a dependent or spouse of a deceased or permanently disabled law enforcement officer or firefighter.

Award Information:

Amount: $100 to $12,192
Renewable: Yes, for up to three years.
Number of Scholarship Awards: Varies
Deadline: Eligible individuals may submit their applications all throughout the year; there is no deadline.
GPA: Not required for application
Major: Check official website for more information
Eligible Students: Dependents or spouses of an individual who was killed while performing his duty or is 100% disabled because of an accident or injury caused by external violence or physical force, experienced while in the line of duty. These individuals were employed as: a California peace officer or law enforcement officer; an officer/employee of the Department of Correction or Department of Youth Authority in California; or a California firefighter who was employed by the county, city, district, and other political subdivisions of California.

Additional Requirements:

LEPD students must meet the following:

– Be a child (either natural or adopted) or a spouse, at the time of death/injury, of a California: peace officer or law enforcement officer; officer/employee of the Department of Corrections; or a firefighter.
– Be enrolled in at least six (6) credit units at a California 2-year or 4-year college or university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
– Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need as determined by the financial need office of the institution where you are enrolled.

Application Process:

1. Complete an LEPD Application Form ( Eligible students may obtain a copy of the forms by downloading it from the Commission’s official website, by calling the Commission’s Specialized Programs Branch, or by submitting a request in writing.
2. Provide a copy of your latest Student Aid Report (SAR), which is generated only after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
3. If you are a dependent, please provide a certified copy of your Birth certificate.
4. Death certificate, coroner’s report, police report, or any supporting documents that shows proof of the:
a. Peace officers and law enforcement officers: Death or 100% disability was caused by external violence/physical force suffered while in the line of duty.
b. Officers and employees of the Department of Corrections or Department of Youth Authority: Death, accidents, or injury that was caused by the direct actions of an inmate.
c. Firefighters: Death or total disability that was caused by an accident or injury incurred while in the line of duty.
5. Findings of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board or other evidence that the fatality or disabling accidents/injury was compensable under Division 4.0 and 4.5 of the Labor Code.
6. Submit the application form and supporting documents to:

California Student Aid Commission
Law Enforcement Personnel Dependent (LEPD) Program
P.O. Box 419029
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9029

Review Process:

The Commission will review your application once they receive all necessary documents. If you are eligible for this award, you will be notified by mail through an award letter. Those who are not eligible will still receive a notice from the Commission.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions or wish to know more, do not hesitate to contact the Commission:
California Student Aid Commission
Specialized Programs
P.O. Box 419029
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9029
Phone: (888) 224-7268
Fax: (916) 526-7977
Email: [email protected]

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