Department of Defense Education Activity

Educational Disruption

COVID-19 Impact on Tuition Payments for Eligible Dependents of the NDSP

In addition to eligible dependents located at the overseas duty station, the NDSP has been given a special authorization to allow payments for those eligible dependents who are on authorized departure from the overseas location when the following provisions are met:

  • The DoD-sponsor is at the overseas duty station and the school-aged dependent cannot travel to the duty station because of COVID-19 implications; and o the school-aged dependent was enrolled in the Non-DoD Schools Program for the SY 2019-20 but is in the safe-haven location due to authorized/ordered departure status; and o the family intends for the dependent to return to the duty station as soon as they are authorized to do so; and o the student enrolls at the overseas school; and o the overseas school will provide online schooling as of the start of the school year.

The DoD sponsor has the choice to enroll their dependent in a publically funded school in the safe haven location. However, if the dependent is re-enrolled in the overseas school, then the sponsor will be required to sign a repayment agreement prior to the NDSP payment.

Sponsors may upload their signed agreement with tuition invoice to their sponsor portal or email to the NDSP Administration box at . They may also email NDSP Management at .

Be Prepared

If circumstances require that your child’s school is closed for a period of time, you can take steps to ensure that their education continues. 

  • Be aware of the virtual capabilities the school is offering to support learning.  Many schools can continue virtual learning options or provide work packets for students while schools are closed. 
  • If you find yourself with children at home working through an online learning platform, try to settle them into a new routine and structure as soon as you can. Although children are fairly resilient, they do thrive on routine. 
  • Consider utilizing online resources such as which is free to Active Duty Service Members and DoD Civilians
  • If you have a high school student in an IB curriculum or an AP course, check with your school to see how exams and continued learning are being addressed. The IB has a website to inform the public of any updates with respect to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) available at: 
  • Non DoD Schools Program Education Allowance Reference Guide for Evacuation Situations

NOTE: Requests for academic support and/or materials must be pre-approved by the education specialist for your region.

Please understand what your choices are before action is required. If you have other questions about your child’s education, please contact your education specialist.

Online Learning

If your child’s school is offering continued education through an online learning platform, here are some thoughts to keep in mind to better ensure success:

  • Ask questions, talk about learning, upcoming deadlines, and workload.
  • Help your child develop daily routines.
  • Encourage your child to take study breaks and to take part in physical exercise.
  • Be mindful of your child’s wellbeing; speak to them regularly about concerns or challenges.
  • Choose a learning location that is suitable to be seen by peers and teachers if students are using video tools.
  • Create opportunities for your child to interact with peers to maintain connections with their school community.
  • Ensure your children are dressed appropriately when using video tools.
  • If there are siblings simultaneously online, choose locations that do not cause noise interference when recording learning or video conferencing.
  • Communicate any concerns to your child’s teacher or counselor via email.
  • Ensure that devices remain charged.
  • Establish a daily routine to support your learning.
  • Identify a comfortable, quiet space so you can work effectively and successfully.
  • Check your email, Student Portal and other learning platforms frequently.
  • Complete tasks/activities on which you can receive feedback (either online or during the next class meeting, as indicated in instructions).
  • Participate in online learning activities with your peers.
  • Complete assessment tasks.
  • Take breaks, play, rest, be active.
  • Communicate proactively with your teachers. Ask questions, but be patient when waiting for a response. If a teacher emails you, respond in a timely manner. You can use email or, if permitted by your teacher, the current learning platform.
  • Communicate with your friends, classmates and tutor group regularly.
  • Be mindful of your workload and wellbeing. If you have any concerns, contact your teacher or counselor.
  • If you experience any technical problems, let your teacher or designated IT person know. 

Please contact us if we can be of further assistance to you in these unsure times.