The Impact Aid for Children with Severe Disabilities Program grants funds to eligible local education agencies (LEAs) for providing special education and related services to eligible military dependent children with severe disabilities. The program was established to make payments, when appropriated, to eligible LEAs for costs incurred in providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to each such child.
Eligibility and application
The Impact Aid for Children with Severe Disabilities Program is available to LEAs that have at least two military dependent children with severe disabilities that meet certain special education cost criteria. Payment is made on behalf of children whose individual cost of educational and related services exceeds either of the following:
- Five times the national or state average per pupil expenditure (whichever is lower) for a special education (SPED) program that is located outside of the boundaries of the school district of the LEA that pays for the FAPE of the student.
- Three times the state average per pupil expenditure for a special education program offered by the LEA, or within the boundaries of the school district served by the LEA.
Initial eligibility for the program is determined by data submitted by LEAs to the Department of Education (ED) on applications for the Federal Impact Aid program. LEAs that have certified to ED that they provide special education or related services to at least two military dependent children with disabilities will be invited by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy) to apply for Impact Aid Funding for Children with Severe Disabilities. Contacted LEAs should review the application, guidance, and their special education costs for at least two military dependent children with severe disabilities to determine if they are eligible to receive funds.
The following DoD Secretary of Defense (SD) forms serve as applications for Impact Aid for Children with Severe Disabilities:
Applications must be submitted electronically and the signature sheet must be faxed to (703) 588-5330. The DoD Impact Aid Program Manager administers the Supplement to Impact Aid programs and assists eligible LEAs with their applications.
The Impact Aid for Children with Severe Disabilities Program is certified yearly with information provided by LEAs to ED on the Federal Impact Aid Form. DoD works with LEAs and the ED to clarify or resolve any funding or disbursement eligibility issues.
Funding and payment
Funding awards and levels vary according to the number of eligible LEAs and their military dependent students, and the amount of funding appropriated by Congress.
The Supplement to Impact Aid programs are subject to yearly appropriations by Congress. For Fiscal Year 2012, Congress appropriated $5 million for the Children with Severe Disabilities Program.
Use of funds
As with the Department of Education Impact Aid Program, the Impact Aid for Children with Severe Disabilities Program payments are reimbursable in nature; therefore, they may be used by the LEA without restriction. There are no statutory requirements mandating that school districts report on the use of these funds.
Office of Management and Budget, Grants Management Forms
LEAs receiving DoD grants may be required to complete Office of Management and Budget Grants Management Forms, including: