DoD Impact Aid

The DoD Impact Aid for Military Connected School Districts program is in addition to the U.S. Department of Education Impact Aid program funding. The U.S. Department of Education Program provides financial assistance to eligible Local Education Agencies (LEAs; i.e., school districts) to compensate for the lost local tax base to LEAs imposed upon by federal property.

Whereas the Department of Education Impact Aid Program provides funding to compensate for all federal tax-exempt property, such as Indian lands, national parks, DoD installations and public housing, the DoD Impact Aid Program for Military Connected School Districts serves only military-connected LEAs. DoD Impact Aid is not a DoD funded or requested program, but rather an annual Congressional appropriation. DoD Impact Aid Supplemental payments may be used by the LEA without restriction, and Children with Severe Disabilities funding must be used to provide a free appropriate public education to children with disabilities.

The Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA) Education Partnership and Resources is responsible for administering the DoD Impact Aid Program, consistent with its mission of developing, promoting and maintaining partnerships and communications with LEAs to improve student achievement.

 

The Federal Impact Aid Program at the Department of Education provides data to DoD to implement the 3 sections of the DoD Impact Aid Program:

Supplemental Program

The DoD Impact Aid Supplemental Program provides financial assistance to LEAs that are heavily impacted by the presence of military dependent students. LEAs that had at least 20% average daily attendance of military dependent students in the preceding year, as counted on their Federal Impact Aid application, are eligible to receive funding on an annual basis, when appropriated by Congress. Funds provided by the DoD Impact Aid Program are reimbursable in nature; therefore, they may be used by the LEA without restriction.

Eligible LEAs will be contacted and requested to submit a Standard Form (SF) 3881, ACH Vendor/ Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form to DoDEA.

Verify that your LEA is registered and active in https://sam.gov/content/home.  The bank information provided on the completed Standard Form (SF) 3881 must match the banking information that is in https://sam.gov/content/home  to avoid a delay in payment.

The U.S. Department of Education provides the data that is used to determine LEA eligibility for the Supplemental Impact Aid Program to the Educational Partnership Branch of DoDEA, who works with the U.S. Department of Education to clarify or resolve any funding eligibility issues.

The DoD Impact Aid for Children with Severe Disabilities Program reimburses Local Educational Agency (LEA) for money previously spent on military dependent children with severe disabilities.

  • Eligible LEAs will be contacted and requested to submit an SD 816 and an SD 816c for eligibility only if they have applied and have been approved to receive Federal Impact Aid under Section 8003 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 7703). The application, SD Form 816 and the SD Form 816c Continuation Sheet, are available to be downloaded from the Official DoD Website for DoD Forms.
  • The Impact Aid for Children with Severe Disabilities Program (CwSD) is available to LEAs that have at least two military dependent children with severe disabilities that meet certain special education cost criteria.
  • Calculation will require the FY 2022 Per Pupil Expenditure Chart.
  • Guidelines for Local Educational Agencies Applying for DoD Impact Aid for Children with Severe Disabilities
  • Only children of active duty military personnel, including active duty Guard and Reserve, are eligible. This includes children with a parent who is an official of, and accredited by, a foreign government and is a foreign military officer.
  • Submit applications as an attachment in an email to
  • Funds received shall be used to provide a free appropriate public education to children with disabilities.

DoD works with LEAs and the U.S. Department of Education to clarify or resolve any funding or disbursement eligibility issues.

Completed applications are due July 15, 2022 to be eligible for FY 2022 funds.

When funds are appropriated by Congress, the DoD Impact Aid for Large Scale Rebasing Program provides financial assistance to LEAs that are heavily impacted by the increase or reduction in military dependent student enrollment resulting from large scale rebasing. Eligible districts have (or would have had) at least 20% military dependent students in average daily attendance in their schools, as counted on their Federal Impact Aid application for the preceding year, and have an overall increase or reduction of no less than 5% military dependent students or no less than 250 military dependent students as a direct result of large scale rebasing.

In an effort to determine that the cause of the increase or reduction of the military dependent student population results from large scale rebasing, DoDEA verifies with each Service that one of the following four actions caused the increase or decrease in the number of military and civilian dependent students:

  1. Global rebasing plan of the DoD.
  2. Activation of one or more new military units.
  3. The realignment of forces as a result of the base closure process (BRAC).
  4. Changes to the number of housing units available on a military installation.

Eligible LEAs will be contacted and requested to submit a Standard Form (SF) 3881, ACH Vendor/ Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form to DoDEA.

Funding awards and levels vary according to the number of eligible LEAs and their military dependent students, and the amount of funding appropriated by Congress. Congress has not appropriated funding for this program since fiscal year 2007.

The U.S. Department of Education provides the data that is used to determine LEA eligibility for the Impact Aid for Large Scale Rebasing Program. DoDEA works with the U.S. Department of Education to clarify or resolve any funding eligibility issues.

 

Required Forms

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Annual Funding

 

  2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Supplemental $30 million $40 million $50 million $50 million $50 million
Children with Severe Disabilities $5 million $10 million $20 million $20 million $20 million
BRAC 0 0 0 0 0