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DoDDS Seal: Department of Defense Dependents Schools


The Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) was established to provide high quality education for authorized dependents of DoD personnel assigned overseas, and to provide enrollment on a space-available, tuition-paying basis for others identified and prioritized by the Secretary of Defense

Enrollment Categories

Qualified dependents are authorized to enroll in one of the following enrollment categories based on the request of the sponsor. Dependents in enrollment category 1 receive first priority, all others are enrolled on a space-available basis in priority of category of enrollment.

Eligibility requirements are outlined in 

 Category 1: Space-Required, Tuition-Free: command-sponsored dependents of

  • Active duty military personnel whose dependents are entitled to transportation to and from the overseas areas at government expense (includes dependents authorized a designated location move (DLM)) when station allowances are authorized for dependent’s designated place of residency, and
  • Full-time DoD civilian employees who are paid from appropriated (e.g. U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, other DoD organizations) or non-appropriated funds (e.g. DoD related non-appropriated fund instrumentality (NAFI) operating outside CONUS in support of U.S. Forces, employees of AAFES, MWR Officers/NCO Clubs, Special Services, and Stars and Stripes) and are citizens or nationals of the United States.
  • DoD sponsors who are assigned to the Security Assistance Program and Foreign Military Sales Program (FMS). As DoD dependents, these students are space-required and would normally be tuition-free, but agency pays tuition in order to collect full program costs (e.g. Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) employees).

Category 1: Space-Created, Tuition-Paying: command-sponsored dependents of

  • U.S. civilians who are full-time defense contractor personnel. A valid copy of either Logistical Support Section of contract that authorizes dependent education in DoDDS on a tuition-paying basis (must list names of the dependents) or a Technical Expert Accreditation Status awarded to that sponsor, and DD1172-2 Common Access ID Card Application or copy of ID card must be provided at enrollment.

Category 2: Space-Available, Tuition-Paying (Federally Connected): dependents of

  • Full-time U.S. Government employees, provided the employee is a U.S. citizen or a national of the United States and is entitled to LQA at the “with family” rate, or who has been identified by their agency as being eligible for educational benefits on a tuition-paying basis. Includes U.S. Government employees covered by the economy act agreement between the Department of State and DoD, or any component of such an agency and DoD, (e.g., Dependents of U.S. citizen employees of all U.S. Government agencies other than DoD, including Department of State, Atomic Energy Commission, AID, Department of Agriculture, Federal Aviation Agency, General Services Administration, and Smithsonian Institution). Also includes U.S. citizen employees of certain international organizations, such as NATO and the United Nations).
  • Part-time appropriated fund (APF) employees and part-time non-appropriated fund (NAF) employees who are U.S. citizens or nationals of the United States.
  • U.S. citizens who are full-time employees of organizations overseas that serve defense related interests not covered in category 1H and/or which have executed contracts or other agreements with the U.S. Government (e.g., Employees of permanent party American Red Cross, USO, Boy and Girl Scouts, Post Exchange concessionaire contractors, active duty military or DoD civilian stationed in the U.S. and TDY overseas. Also includes military reservists deployed to the overseas area from the U.S. or overseas for less than 180 days).
  • Host-nation or third country national military or civilian personnel assigned or attached to the U.S. military services overseas at international or major DoD commands, when recommended by the major overseas commander, (e.g., third country national military and civilian personnel serving with U.S. Armed Forces overseas, NATO, United Nations, Canadian or other Allied Forces).

Category 3: Space Available, Tuition-Free: dependents of

  • Active duty U.S. military personnel who are stationed in an overseas area to which their dependents are not authorized transportation at U.S. Government expense, but to which the sponsors have elected to transport their dependents at their own expense. Includes enrollments under the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP). Also includes military reservists deployed to the overseas area from the U.S. or overseas for more than 180 days.
  • Permanent, full-time appropriated fund (APF) or non-appropriated fund instrumentality (NAFI) DoD civilian employees stationed overseas, are citizens or nationals of the United States, who reside in a different overseas location from the sponsors’ duty assignment.
  • Sponsors who have been granted a waiver of tuition costs by the Secretary of Defense (or designee). Includes dependents of military sponsors who die while, entitled to active duty pay within 180 days of the sponsor’s death; and those dependents of military members who die on active duty and are on Temporary Change of Station orders or deployed overseas for a period of more than 60 calendar days; provided the criteria for enrollment of both class of dependents which are directed in the DoDEA Regulation 1342.13, “Eligibility Requirements for Education of Elementary and Secondary School-age Dependents in Overseas Areas” are met. Also includes, minor dependents that may complete the school year if the DoD sponsor transfers, dies, or retires during the school year.
  • Foreign diplomatic and military Partnership for Peace (PfP) personnel assigned as liaisons at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sites or dependents of foreign military and civilian liaison personnel from the Newly Independents States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union in Ankara, Turkey.

Category 4: Space-Available, Tuition-Paying (Non-Federally Connected): dependents of

  • Other U.S. citizen or nationals of the United States, residing overseas but not employed by a DoD contractor, (e.g., Siemens, Citibank, KIA Motors). (Authorized by 20 U.S.C. 923(d) (1) (B)). Also includes dependents of U.S. Citizens working in a foreign country but not employed by a DoD contractor when attendance at a DoDDS school is authorized by the foreign country and installation access policies, and dependents of deceased personnel not covered in enrollment Category 3.
  • All other U.S. citizens or nationals of the United States not included in other categories but residing overseas. Includes retired U.S. military personnel.
  • Local or third country national when no significant United States interest is involved where there is no objection from the local U.S. military commander or the U.S. Department of State.