We understand that sometimes there are circumstances when a family feels the need to change their children from one school to another one. The sponsor is responsible for understanding the school's policy and timelines for school withdrawal and to request any applicable refunds. There may be penalties for early withdrawal or insufficient notice. The sponsor should be aware that the NDSP can pay for initial one-time school start-up fees / registration fees for a school at post only once per tour of duty unless the school does not offer the next grade; or the school is not able to accommodate the educational needs of the child; and the maximum education allowance for the school year has not been exceeded. ( DoDEA Administrative Instruction 5035.01) One-time fees for the new school will be the sponsor’s responsibility unless meeting the conditions listed. One-time fees are only applicable to schools at post. Review Expenses to understand what is considered a one-time fee.
To extend the entitlement of eligibility with NDSP, documentation must be provided that specifically addresses continuing authority to remain in the overseas area. Acceptable documents include:
Approved Overseas Tour Extension document Updated/Amended PCS Order ORB/ERB (Army) that reflects DEROS SURF (Navy) that reflects DEROS Official Memorandum signed by competent authority that verifies current assignment and documents updated DEROS.
Due to COVID-19 stop movements, if tour extension documents are not available, then a memo from the Command documenting the sponsor's continued status at the Duty Station (and proposed PCS date) will suffice until extension orders are available.
On an annual basis, official documentation must be provided regarding your PPP status. Once the documentation is received, NDSP eligibility will be extended to the end of the current school year.
When a sponsor withdraws his/her child from a school, the sponsor must notify three offices:
If the child participates in a group transportation option, ensure that the transportation office is notified. Request any applicable refunds and notify NDSP Invoices.
NOTE: If withdrawing and chasing schools, review Change of School procedures.
Requests for an exception to policy are reviewed and responded to by the DoDEA Director, or designee. Any request to exceed the education allowance rate for your location and/or educational option, requires review and approval from the DoDEA Director. The sponsor MUST be registered with the NDSP prior to requesting an exception to policy. With required documentation, the NDSP will consider exceptions to policy in situations related to safety and/or access.
Please review DoDEA Administrative Instruction 5035.01 before preparing and submitting any request for an exception. DoDEA can only provide exceptions to DoDEA policy, not to the Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR), federal law or fiscal law.
ALL EXCEPTION REQUESTS must be submitted in writing to NDSP Program Management and include:
All requests concerning transportation must include answers to the following questions:
All requests concerning a change of school must also include:
NDSP will carefully consider all the information before any decisions are made. A letter will be sent providing the decision and our rationale for the decision. In cases where there is further evidence to present, you may appeal the decision.
Appeals will include a complete review of your claim by our appellate review authority. . The reviewer will look at all the original evidence submitted and consider new evidence or mitigating factors.
Sponsors wishing to appeal must do so in writing within 30 days from the date the decision letter was received. All appeals, with the exception of exceeding the education allowance rate, must be made in writing to the Director of DoDEA. When appealing a denial to exceed the education allowance rate you must make your request in writing to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, through the Director of DoDEA.