Federal Impact Aid is an education grant program that provides funds to school systems that are financially burdened or impacted by Federal Activity populations.
Local school systems are entitled to certain federal monies if either mother, father or guardian of a student is employed on certain federal properties, is on active, full-time duty in the Uniformed Services, or if they live in a Federal Housing Project, or any combination of these requirements.
How can schools collect the money?
To collect this money, each system must be able to substantiate a claim with information asked for on the form that students in each system will receive. Parents simply complete the form and return it to the school.
Who should participate?
Parents should complete and return one form for each student who is attending school, if one or both parents meet the following criteria:
- If either parent, guardian, or person acting as parent is on active duty in the Uniformed services,
- If either parent or guardian is a civilian employed on Federal Property; this includes parents that work for a contractor located on federal property.
- If either parent or guardian lives in Federal Housing Project
When should parents complete the appropriate form?
Students will be bringing forms home the first two weeks in September.
As soon as your child brings home the form, complete the information and return it to your child’s school the next day.
How long does it take to complete the form?
About 5 minutes
What does this mean for my child’s school?
Since 1997, local school districts have received over $10 million as a result of the Federal Impact Aid program. For example, an average year might generate funds equal or greater than:
$250,000 for Madison City Schools
$500,000 for Huntsville City Schools
$150,000 for Madison County Schools
How does a school system qualify to participate?
For a school system to be eligible for this Federal Aid, the student population must meet one of the two following criteria:
- Either 400 students or 3% of the student body are children of military personnel; or
- 1000 students or 10% of the student body are children of Military (both active duty and activated Guard and Reservist), DA, DoD, DOJ Civilians, or Government Contractors that work at federal locations/properties
How can I find out more about my school system’s participation in the Federal Impact Aid Education Grant program?
Contact your child’s school or the district office.
Federal Impact Aid forms