Department of Defense Education Activity

Home Study Expenses

  • Tuition charges from an accredited virtual school.
  • Course specific textbooks and instructional curriculum guides.
  • Course-specific manipulatives and supplemental materials, with accompanying teaching resources.
  • Consumable course materials.
  • Shipping costs and U.S. tax associated with the educational materials.
  • Costs or fees for course-required or end-of-year examinations/tests, and PSAT for grades 8-10, as consistent with U.S. public school requirements.
  • Surcharge for international fees associated with SAT and ACT.
  • Group lessons for music, art and non-team related PE.
    • Grades K-6: 2 hours a week for each content area.
    • Grades 7-12: 4 hours per week for each content area.
  • Access Fees charged by libraries, recreation facilities and schools, which provide resources for HS/PI/VS students including:
    • libraries (both online and at post) to conduct research for projects and other coursework.
    • recreation facilities for group physical education.
    • at-post schools that allow students not enrolled in the school to participate in education-related curriculum activities, school athletic or extracurricular teams, school group music activities, school group physical education activities or debate team activities.
  • Access to digital learning resources: for a recognized and accredited program of study, an accredited virtual schooling program or other authorized program. The term "digital learning" refers to "any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student's learning experience and encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practices". This includes:
    • interactive learning resources that engage students in academic content.
    • access to online databases, other primary source documents, and eBooks subscriptions for core curriculum courses.
    • the use of data and information to personalize learning and provide targeted supplementary instruction.
    • online and computer-based assessments.
  • Electronic device and other rentals such as computer, laptop, and/or other electronic device of curriculum-related equipment; and other items such as band instruments, provided the fee does not result in the ownership (lease to own or purchase) of any device or instrument.
  • Required testing materials: by either the home study program, accredited program of study under private instruction of the accredited virtual schooling program or other authorized program.
  • Fees for a need-based private instructor associated with a recognized and/or accredited home study program. Pre-approval requires the sponsor to submit a request which must indicate the specific course and the amount of time necessary for the private instructor to teach the content.

Home Study

  • Computer equipment/accessories, telescopes, furniture/furnishings.
  • Training for parents in home study/private instruction/virtual school.
  • Field trips/school excursions/camps/athletic events regardless of whether the trips are predominantly academic in nature or if participation is mandatory or voluntary.
  • Any form of compensation to the parent.
  • Travel or transportation costs.
  • Personal services including, but not limited to, telephone, internet, satellite, cable or other communication services.
  • Fees for museums, culture events, or performances.
  • U.S. Test/Registration Fees for SAT/ACT.
  • Private and/or specialized lessons for PE, music and art.
  • Membership in gymnasiums, cultural and/or athletic clubs, spas or other private clubs.
  • Competitive, community-based sports/teams.
  • Supplies normally purchased by parents.
  • Transfer Fees charged by banks. Third party service provider fees (umbrella school/cover schools not providing direct instruction, course, or accredited virtual education).
  • Supplemental instruction allowance.
  • Specialty materials/collectable items.
  • Items shipped to an end-destination/location not supported by NDSP.