The NDSP is a program within the Department of Defense Education Activity. The purpose of NDSP is to provide educational support and financial assistance to defray costs of education and to facilitate educational continuity in international locations where there is no DoDEA school. NDSP does not approve, endorse, or certify schools.
You may choose the educational setting that best meets your child's needs. You must select an educational option that will allow your child to easily transition to the next grade when you return to the United States.
Educate, engage, and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world. As a part of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), the Non-Department of Defense Schools Program (NDSP) adopts the DoDEA mission and vision statement.
To be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live.
To provide support to facilitate continuity of education in international locations.
Eligibility and approval for the enrollment of an eligible minor dependent of a DoD sponsor must be obtained from the NDSP office prior to enrolling a child in a non-DoD school. For first-time family registration, adding a new dependent, or moving to another NDSP duty location, review the procedures for Initial Registration.
View the NDSP Orientation to become familiar with:
Once opened, you will have several tools available to help you navigate quickly. Tools located at the top of the screen include the table of contents and a search feature. You can use the search feature located at the top right side of the screen to find specific words or phrases. The table of contents located at the top left side of the screen can be used to access hyperlinked topics and sub-topics.
Tools at the bottom left side of the screen include thumbnails view, add bookmarks, full-screen view, share eVersion, select text, print, download (PDF version), and zoom in. Tools at the bottom right side of the screen include first page, previous page, slideshow, next page, and last page.
Upon receipt of assignment orders to an overseas location where there is no DoDEA school:
Note: The sponsor MUST obtain approval for tuition and other expenses from DoDEA HQ NDSP prior to incurring any expense or signing any agreements and/or contracts.
Families already registered in NDSP must re-register each year. Visit the Sponsor Portal to complete the re-registration process. You must use the email address NDSP has on file for your account.
It is recommended that you complete the Family Budget Planning Tool annually to ensure knowledge regarding the current DSSR, allowable costs, and costs to the sponsor. We have prepared a Family Budget Planning Tool Tutorial to guide you along your way.
If you have any difficulty accessing the portal, please send an email to NDSP Management.
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 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 NDSP.Administration@dodea.edu . They may also email NDSP Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have specific questions, please contact us by emailing at NDSP.Management.dodea.edu or reach out to your regional education specialists at: