Since 1950, Congress has provided financial assistance to military-impacted local education agencies (LEAs) through the U.S. Department of Education Impact Aid Program. Impact Aid was designed to compensate local school districts that have lost property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt federal property, including military installations, or that have experienced increased expenditures due to the enrollment of federally connected children, such as military and Indian students.
- Impact Aid is a function and responsibility of the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of Defense plays no part in the development, determination, or distribution of resources.
- Impact Aid is an important source of funding for LEAs that educate military children.
- Impact Aid funds do not cover the full cost of educating military students.
- Impact Aid funds help to ensure military children are provided a quality education.