The State Tuition Reimbursement as Incentive for Volunteer Emergency Responders (STRIVE) program is an educational expense reimbursement incentive available to Idaho Volunteer Emergency Responders and their family members.  The STRIVE Program is funded through FEMA and Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.



  • The STRIVE Program is available to all Idaho Volunteer Emergency Responders.
  • The volunteer can choose to use the benefit for themselves, their spouse or children.
  • Idaho Emergency Responders that agree to volunteer for 2 years in an Idaho Department
    are eligible to be reimbursed for 1 year of educational expenses, up to $5,000.
  • Volunteers can apply for multiple years in the STRIVE Program.
  • The educational expenses can be for current or former students – including student loans.
  • All fields of study and professional/technical programs are eligible.  The STRIVE program is not limited to Fire Science or Emergency Medicine.
  • The student must achieve at least a 2.5 GPA or satisfactorily complete a professional/technical programs and receive any licenses required.
  • The volunteer must stay in good standing and meet the volunteer requirements of their sponsoring volunteer agency/department.

How to Participate

STEP 1:  Complete a STRIVE Program Application available at  Applications must be signed by the Volunteer, the Student, and the chief/director of the volunteer department.  IVFESA will notify all applicants of their approval status.

STEP 2:  At the end of the semester or program, submit receipts and transcripts or certificate of completion/license along with a signed Reimbursement Request Form to IVFESA.  Former students can submit a copy of student loan statements.

STEP 3:  IVFESA will issue all approved reimbursements to the student.

STEP 4:  The volunteer stays current with their volunteer requirements at their department and completes the volunteer commitment.



STRIVE Application

Reimbursement Request Form