20 U.S. Code § 926 - School system for dependents in overseas areas
(a) Establishment and operation
The Secretary of Defense shall establish and operate a school system for dependents in overseas areas as part of the defense dependents’ education system.
(b) Tuition and assistance when schools unavailable
(1) Under such circumstances as the Secretary of Defense may prescribe in regulations, the Secretary may provide tuition to allow dependents in an overseas area where a school operated by the Secretary is not reasonably available to attend schools other than schools established under subsection (a) of this section on a tuition-free basis. Schools to which tuition may be paid under this subsection may include private boarding schools in the United States. Any school to which tuition is paid under this subsection to allow a dependent in an overseas area to attend such school shall provide an educational program satisfactory to the Secretary.
(A) The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service of the Navy, may provide financial assistance to sponsors of dependents in overseas areas where schools operated by the Secretary of Defense under subsection (a) of this section are not reasonably available in order to assist the sponsors to defray the costs incurred by the sponsors for the attendance of the dependents at schools in such areas other than schools operated by the Secretary of Defense.
(B) The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall each prescribe regulations relating to the availability of financial assistance under subparagraph (A). Such regulations shall, to the maximum extent practicable, be consistent with Department of State regulations relating to the availability of financial assistance for the education of dependents of Department of State personnel overseas.
(c) Continuation of enrollment for certain dependents of members of Armed Forces involuntarily separated
(1) A member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty on September 30, 1990, who is involuntarily separated during the period beginning on October 1, 1990, and ending on December 31, 2001, and who has a dependent described in paragraph (2) who is enrolled in a school of the defense dependents’ education system (or a school for which tuition is provided under subsection (b) of this section) on the date of that separation shall be eligible to enroll or continue the enrollment of that dependent at that school (or another school serving the same community) for the final year of secondary education of that dependent in the same manner as if the member were still on active duty.
(d) Auxiliary services available to home school students
(1) A dependent who is educated in a home school setting, but who is eligible to enroll in a school of the defense dependents’ education system, shall be permitted to use or receive auxiliary services of that school without being required to either enroll in that school or register for a minimum number of courses offered by that school. The dependent may be required to satisfy other eligibility requirements and comply with standards of conduct applicable to students actually enrolled in that school who use or receive the same auxiliary services.
Source(Pub. L. 95–561, title XIV, § 1407,Nov. 1, 1978, 92 Stat. 2367; Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title V, § 504(a),Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1559; Pub. L. 103–160, div. A, title V, § 561(n),Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1668; Pub. L. 105–261, div. A, title V, § 561(k), title VI, § 657,Oct. 17, 1998, 112 Stat. 2026, 2054; Pub. L. 106–398, § 1 [[div. A], title V, § 571(k)], Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1654, 1654A–135; Pub. L. 107–107, div. A, title III, § 353,Dec. 28, 2001, 115 Stat. 1063; Pub. L. 107–296, title XVII, § 1704(e)(7),Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2315; Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title V, § 574,Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 120.)
Section is comprised of section 1407 ofPub. L. 95–561. Subsec. (e), formerly subsec. (c), ofsection 1407 enacted section 489 of Title 37, Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services.
2008—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 110–181inserted after first sentence “Schools to which tuition may be paid under this subsection may include private boarding schools in the United States.”
2002—Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 107–296substituted “of Homeland Security” for “of Transportation” in two places.
2001—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 107–107added subsec. (d) and redesignated former subsec. (d) as (e). See Codification note above.
2000—Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 106–398substituted “December 31, 2001” for “September 30, 2001”.
1998—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 105–261, § 657, inserted heading, designated existing provisions as par. (1), substituted “Under such circumstances as the Secretary of Defense may prescribe in regulations, the Secretary” for “Under such circumstances as he may by regulation prescribe, the Secretary of Defense”, and added par. (2).
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 105–261, § 561(k), substituted “during the period beginning on October 1, 1990, and ending on September 30, 2001” for “during the nine-year period beginning on October 1, 1990”.
1993—Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 103–160substituted “nine-year period” for “five-year period”.
1990—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 101–510added subsec. (c) and redesignated former subsec. (c) as (d). See Codification note above.
Effective Date of 2002 Amendment