Department of Defense Education Activity

Educational Disruptions

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

COVID 19 Educational Resources for Sponsors and Students

COVID-19 has significantly disrupted the education cycle for a large number of NDSP students.  The pandemic came quickly, seemingly out of nowhere.  While we still do not know how long we will have to contend with the illness or its consequences—especially as related to education, we are providing links to resources that can assist you with remaining prepared in to deal with current circumstances and in the event of future evacuations, school closures, etc.  

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 .

If you have specific questions, please contact us by emailing at or reach out to your regional education specialists at:


Frequently Asked Questions

Access your sponsor portal and upload the repayment agreement which can be found at: Send a copy of the school’s invoice to the NDSP regional invoices mailbox.

No, the provision for homeschooling will only be available once the dependent arrives at the duty station. If the dependent arrives at the duty station before the end of the school year, then reimbursements for eligible homeschooling expenses will be honored.

Unfortunately, since the Non DoD Schools Program only has the legal authority to pay for private schooling when the dependent is in an overseas location that is not within the commuting distance of a DoDEA-operated school, this provision could only be extended to continue the educational programing for those students who were required to leave the foreign location (and unable to travel back) to an authorized/ordered departure. This provision does not extend to families who have delayed PCS due to COVID-19.

Yes, you should apply to obtain your formal eligibility letter as soon as the sponsor has PCS orders. Access the online portal at:

We always recommend extreme caution with regard to making out-of-pocket expenditures. However, as long as the dependent and sponsor arrive to the Duty Station by the end of the school year, eligible expenses can be reimbursed. However, if the sponsor is re-directed or the PCS orders are otherwise changed, the NDSP cannot reimburse out-of-pocket expenditures.

When the PCS orders have been received and the NDSP validates that the dependent is at the Duty Station, eligibility will be promptly reinstated.