LSFA “Safer” Grant Criteria

  • 96 tuition reimbursement awards to be awarded. Grant awards will be awarded until all grant opportunities are exhausted and funds are no longer available.
  • Applications meeting criteria guidelines will be awarded on first received basis.
  • Applicants must show continuing forward educational progress or be placed on probation-should applicant not demonstrate continuing forward progress by end of probation period, applicant will be terminated from the program.
  • During the first 12 months after scholarship is awarded, applicants must achieve IFSAC/Pro-Board FFI Certification or NREMT EMT- B Certification or be placed on probation-should applicant not achieve IFSAC/Pro-Board FFI or NREMT EMT-B certification by end of probation period, applicant will be terminated from the program.
  • Applicants must volunteer for a minimum of 2 years with a volunteer or combination fire department beginning on or after September 1, 2009. Education credit given from September 1, 2009 or from the date of acceptance into the grant program.
  • Applicants must complete a two year associate degree program or complete two years of a four year degree program or receive NREMT-P certification and meet the two year volunteer requirement before reimbursement; degree program may be in any field.
  • Tuition, books, and required media will be reimbursed up to $2,000 per semester with receipt and/or verified proof of payment. It is not necessary that you pay the expenses “out-of-pocket” in order to be reimbursed. Original payment of the aforementioned expenses can be made with financial aid. Go to www.osfa.la.gov to learn about financial aid resources available to you and to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Degree programs must be from a Louisiana State funded higher education institution, vocational technical school or Louisiana sanctioned EMS program.
  • Students must file education progress reports after each semester.
  • Applicant’s fire chief must file volunteer status affidavits after each semester.
  • Students may elect to complete volunteer portion of criteria after completion of education requirements-however these applications will be given low priority and only be awarded if there are not enough applicants otherwise.
  • Career firefighters who volunteer with a volunteer or combination fire department are eligible.
  • Volunteer firefighters who work part time for the department and are paid an average of less than 30 hours per week are eligible.
  • Applicants who have achieved IFSAC FFI, Pro-Board FFI, or NREMT EMT-B certification from another state are eligible.

Definitions

Complete Application – Applications submitted with all required information.

Incomplete Application – Applications missing information-selection committee may contact applicant for additional information.

Accepted Application – Application that has been reviewed and prioritized-applicant has been notified that they have been accepted into the program and will receive reimbursement when requirements are met.

Accepted Conditional – Application that has been reviewed, prioritized and is outside the total number of awards allowed by the program or was received after the deadline - award to be made should other applicants be terminated or resign from the program.

Provisional – If an Applicant has ceased forward educational progress or who has not attained IFSAC/Pro-Board FFI certification or NREMT EMT-B certification within the first 12 months. Provisional period is six months.  Applicants who have not shown forward educational progress or who have not attained IFSAC/Pro-Board FFI or NREMT EMT-B certification at the end of the provisional period will be terminated from the program.