NDSP: How to Enroll in NDSP

First Steps for Parents and Sponsors

Enrollment eligibility for dependents of DoD personnel assigned to an overseas area is governed by the provisions of DoDEA Regulation 1342.13, "Eligibility Requirements for Education of Elementary and Secondary School-age Dependents in Overseas Areas," February 29, 2008, as amended.

  • DoDEA Regulation 1035.1, "Use of Non-DoD Schools," August 14, 2003, contains the policy, responsibilities, and guidelines for the education of eligible dependents of DoD personnel at overseas location where there are no DoDEA schools.
  • Sponsor MUST obtain approval for tuition and other expenses from DoDEA HQ NDSP office prior to incurring any expense.
  • The amount of financial assistance which may be offered is defined by the Department of State in the Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR) (http://aoprals.state.gov/Web920/location.asp?menu_id=95).

Enrollment

  1. Upon receipt of assignment orders to an overseas location where there is no Department of Defense School, contact the NDSP Liaison or Point of Contact (POC) at your gaining command/new location. The NDSP Liaison/POC will provide information on available schooling options at that location, and the authorized DSSR education allowance for the location.
  2. Gather information about the educational options available and decide which option is best for your dependents.
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  4. Enroll in NDSP by registering online.
    • Note: Students who have special education needs should be referred to the Area NDSP Education Office. See the Special Education section on this website.
    • Note: Parents electing to enroll their dependents in a home study program should refer to the Home Based Education information on this website.
  5. NDSP will process the enrollment through the NDSP Student Online Registration system and send an email notification to the NDSP Liaison/POC and sponsor upon finalizing the enrollment.
  6. Upon receipt of the email notification of approval from NDSP, the sponsor may proceed with completing the application to the school listed in the email.

Placement of Students in Locations not Served by a DoD School

Elementary School Services / Placement (Grades K-5) Grades K-5, in priority order

  1. Local public school delivering instruction in English and is tuition-free;
    • Exception for South Africa, Singapore, and Jamaica
  2. If not available then,
    • Home-based schooling/correspondence courses reimbursed by NDSP (parent option), or,
    • Local private day school delivering instruction in English (or any language acceptable to the parents) - tuition reimbursed by NDSP.

Middle School Services / Placement (Grades 6-8) Grades 6-8 in priority order

  1. Local public school delivering instruction in English and is tuition-free;
    • Exception for UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, and Jamaica
  2. If not available then,
    • Home-based schooling/correspondence courses reimbursed by NDSP (parent option), or,
    • Local private day school delivering instruction in English (or any language acceptable to the parents) - tuition reimbursed by NDSP.
  3. If not available then,
    • Private boarding school (see "Notes" below)

High School Services / Placement (Grades 9-12) Grades 9-12 in priority order

  1. Local public school delivering instruction in English and is tuition-free;
    • Exception for UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, and Jamaica
  2. If not available then,
    • Home-based schooling/correspondence courses reimbursed by NDSP (parent option), or,
    • Local private day school delivering instruction in English (or any language acceptable to the parents) - tuition reimbursed by NDSP.
  3. If not available then,
    • Private boarding school (see "Notes" below)

Exceptions

The only exception to this policy will be for those dependents whose DoD sponsors are either independently assigned to a Department of State activity or in a personnel exchange program status to a host nation program. In these cases the DoD sponsor will be afforded the same educational allowance provided to Department of State employees or to members of the host nation program to which the DoD sponsor is assigned or attached up to the published Department of State Standard Regulations (DSSR) rate.

Notes: When boarding school is authorized and approved, you may choose to send your child to boarding school in a country different from your post location; however, you are authorized the DSSR education rate based upon the sponsor's duty location. A boarding school is defined a school providing a full education with residence halls on campus. NDSP will fund transportation from the duty location to school at the beginning of the school year and transportation from the school to the duty location at the end of the school year. The student must be on official travel orders issued by the Service, Command or Agency. Travel during the school year must follow the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) or Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR) process.