Module 5: Impact Aid

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Module Overview: Welcome to Module 5: Impact Aid. This module will provide information about the history of Impact Aid programs from the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Defense (DoD), their purpose, how they are administered, and suggestions for improving the participation of military families in Impact Aid form collection processes for the ED Impact Aid programs.

School Liaisons have an important role, especially in relation to ED Impact Aid programs. They often work with local school leaders, parents, and installation commanders to ensure that school districts serving their military-connected children qualify for the maximum allowable funds from Impact Aid programs. Maximizing the support to schools by School Liaisons is important for two reasons:

  1. The more funds that are received by school districts, the more general operating funds they have available to provide needed services and programs for all children.  This is especially important in challenging economic times.
  2. Ensuring qualification for maximum allowable funds under Impact Aid programs is an excellent way for installations and local schools/school districts to work together for the betterment of local education. Supporting local efforts to gather data about military-connected families in timely and creative ways can build key relationships and shared knowledge.  

The goal of this module is to ensure School Liaisons have the necessary information to search further and work more closely with local school leaders and installation commanders to ensure success. It gives School Liaisons a foundational understanding of the policies, application procedures, funding formulas, and best practices related to all Impact Aid programs. It is not designed to be a sole information source, especially not in describing the details of funding formulas.

Learning Objectives: Through this module, School Liaisons will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of ED Impact Aid and its role in supporting districts and schools.
  • Understand the origins and history of Impact Aid in the United States.
  • Understand the level of ED Impact Aid funding and its uses by local education agencies. Local education agencies (LEAs) can refer to school districts, school divisions and counties.  Subsequently, in this module the term “school district,” or simply “district” will be used.
  • Understand available types of ED Impact Aid funds and their eligibility criteria.
  • Understand the ED Impact Aid application process
  • Explain ED Impact Aid funding formulas and how they apply to policies and procedures.
  • Describe the distinction between ED and DoD Impact Aid programs, including their missions and purposes.
  • List and compare the three DoD Impact Aid programs.
  • Identify channels of communication and develop an approach for supporting and increasing participation in the ED Impact Aid program.
  • Identify best practices for completing information to support local participation in the ED Impact Aid data collection process.

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