Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP)- Enrollment & Withdrawal
Congratulations on your upcoming PCS to Souda Bay! As we do not have a DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) school in Souda Bay, families eligible for the Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) have the opportunity to choose a school option (for students in grades K-12), including private schools, home school programs and boarding schools, that best meets the needs of their children and family. NDSP provides support and funding for the education of authorized command-sponsored dependents of military members and DoD civilian employees assigned to overseas areas where no DoDEA school is available within the commuting area.
The process begins first and foremost with the receipt of PCS orders. Upon receipt of PCS orders, the process for school enrollment/registration is two-part and includes enrolling in NDSP (this authorizes the funding and must be completed first) and applying for admission at the school of the family's choosing (completed after NDSP enrollment is confirmed). NDSP does not accept a Letter of Intent (LOI) in lieu of PCS orders for the NDSP registration process.
Please note, NDSP policy indicates:
• Approval for the enrolment of an eligible minor dependent of DoD sponsor must be obtained prior to enrolling a child in a non-DoD school.
• Sponsor MUST obtain approval for tuition and other expenses from DoDEA HQ NDSP office prior to incurring any expense.
Step 1. Gather information about the educational options available and decide which option is best for the family.
Step 2. To enroll in NDSP, visit the NDSP website and complete the online registration process - https://registration.dodea.edu/NDSP/privacy-act.cfm. PCS orders are needed to complete the NDSP online registration process. If full names of dependents are not listed on the orders Dependent Entry Approval is also required. NDSP will process the enrollment and send an email notification to the sponsor and SLO finalizing enrollment in NDSP.
Step 3. Upon receipt of the email notification of approval from NDSP, the sponsor may proceed with completing the application to the school identified in the NDSP enrollment.
The NDSP Step-by-Step Registration Checklist (see Downloads tab) outlines the process for completing the NDSP registration process.
The NDSP Sponsor Orientation (see Downloads tab) is provided so that you may become familiar with the NDSP program and processes.
Please note, there are no spaces within schools in Souda Bay that are held or designated for U.S. government dependents. The U.S. Department of State also publishes several lists of schools - available at https://state.gov/m/a/os/c1684.htm and https://state.gov/m/a/os/155608.htm. NDSP publishes a list of school options – available at https://www.dodea.edu/aboutDoDEA/districtsAndSchools.cfm
The NDSP Education Allowance covers the cost of tuition and eligible fees for many (but not all) schools in Souda. Link to U.S. Department of State – Standardized Regulations Rates – https://aoprals.state.gov/Web920/location.asp?menu_id=95
Please note that the education allowance is in U.S. dollars and that the published tuition rates for Souda Bay schools are in Euro.
The Choosing an International School checklist is designed to help you make an informed decision about the right school for your child! (see Downloads tab)
When departing a location, please remember to:
a. Notify the school your dependent is attending;
b. Notify your local NDSP Liaison; and
c. Notify the NDSP by sending an email with your PCS date and whether a refund from the school will be forthcoming to the NDSP.Administration@hq.dodea.edu mailbox.
d. Notify the school bus transport provider (if applicable).