New Videos: The Section 7003 Membership Table and Indian Policies and Procedures

We have posted two new training resources to help you learn about different aspects of the Section 7003 program, particularly if you are unable to attend a live webinar.  The first video covers the membership table, with a focus on commonly asked questions, such as how to count children in grades lower than kindergarten, children with tuition agreements, children attending your district under an open enrollment policy, and homeschooled children.  The second video gives a brief overview of Indian Policies and Procedures and waivers, which we hope will be helpful for local educational agencies with Indian lands as well as Tribal officials.

Webinar Schedule – October 2023 to September 2024

The Impact Aid Program is announcing new training opportunities through Microsoft Teams.  Classes are free to all.  You will find class descriptions and registration links by clicking the headers below.

After registering, you will receive a calendar invitation in your email with a Microsoft Teams link and joining instructions.  Microphones and video will be turned off for participants but you can use the chat feature to ask questions.

Slides: The Resources page has PDF or PowerPoint copies of the slide decks for most sessions.

Find session descriptions and registration links by clicking the headers below.

TopicDateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
Indian Policies and Procedures – Regulations10/12/20233 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
How To Conduct a Survey10/16/20232 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
Section 7003 Overview11/7/20233 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
The 7003 Payment Formula11/16/20233 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
IAGS Navigation12/5/20232 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
Section 7002 Overview12/7/20232 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
IAGS Navigation1/11/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
Ask an Analyst1/25/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
Ask an Analyst1/29/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
Impact Aid Monitoring –  Tips for Success3/6/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
The 7003 Payment Formula4/25/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
Electronic Data Collection5/21/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
IAGS Navigation 6/5/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
Section 7003 Overview8/6/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
How To Conduct a Survey8/14/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
Electronic Data Collection8/22/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
Indian Policies and Procedures – Regulations9/11/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
Section 7002 Overview9/17/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
How To Conduct a Survey9/25/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here

We will focus on the requirements for the annual Impact Aid survey that school districts use to count Federally connected children. The survey must be completed before the LEA submits the Section 7003 grant application due January 31.

DateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
10/16/20232 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
8/14/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
9/25/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here

We will provide an overview of the Electronic Data Collection pilot process for LEAs interested in leveraging a parent portal or other software to conduct the Impact Aid survey online. The focus will be on the system requirements for producing survey data that is compliant with the program statute and regulations.

DateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
5/21/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
8/22/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here

We will provide an overview of the data necessary to submit the annual Section 7002 grant application, as well as the payment calculation. Section 7002 school districts receive funds based on the number of eligible Federal acres within their boundaries. If you apply for Impact Aid based solely on a count of Federally connected children, this session is not for you.

DateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
12/7/20232 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
9/17/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here

We will give a broad overview of all aspects of the Section 7003 program (Payments for Federally Connected Children), including the data collection process, application submission, review timeline, and payment information. This session is particularly targeted to those who are brand new to Impact Aid and need to know a little bit of everything.

DateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
11/7/20233 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
8/6/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here

LEAs claiming children living on Indian lands on the Section 7003 application must have Indian Policies and Procedures (IPPs) or a waiver updated annually. This session will cover the requirements in the Impact Aid program regulations related to IPPs and waivers.

DateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
10/12/20233 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
9/11/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here

This webinar will take attendees step-by-step through the Section 7003 formula payment calculation and show you how to find the data inputs on your payment voucher. The session is particularly useful for LEAs who need to estimate future Impact Aid payments as part of their budgeting process.

DateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
11/16/20233 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
4/25/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here

This webinar will provide a basic orientation to the Impact Aid Grant System, including account setup. We will address common questions such as how to find a payment voucher, see your application’s status, start and sign an application, and complete assigned tasks.

DateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
12/5/20232 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here
1/11/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
6/5/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here

These sessions are open “office hours” with no particular agenda. Bring your application questions!

DateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
1/25/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here
1/29/20242 p.m.11 a.m.Register Here

This session will be targeted towards LEAs selected for monitoring of their FY 2025 application, although the training is also open to all who would like to join.  We will go over what documentation your analyst will need to see and how to organize and submit documents in the IAGS.

DateTime (Eastern)Time (Pacific)Registration Link
3/6/20243 p.m.12 p.m.Register Here

NEW RESOURCE: Section 7003 Videos

In case you are unable to join us for one of our free webinars, we have recorded six short presentations covering the important parts of our two most popular sessions: the Section 7003 Overview and How to Conduct a Survey.  Check them out here.  Each video has related resource links at the bottom and a transcript if you prefer to read the narration.

We will continue to offer webinars that will go into each topic in depth and answer your questions, however the videos are the next best thing if you can’t come or just need a high level overview.

FY 2023 Impact Aid Applications Now Available

The Impact Aid section 7002 and section 7003 applications for Fiscal Year 2023 are now available online in the Impact Aid Grant System (IAGS). The application submission deadline for the Section 7002 and Section 7003 applications is January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. We urge you to begin working on your application well before the deadline. Do not wait until the last minute.

Section 7002 applicants receive grant funds based on the number of eligible Federal acres within their school district boundaries. Section 7003 applicants receive grant funds based on the number of Federally connected children they educate. If your local educational agency (LEA) receives Impact Aid funds under both sections of the law, you must complete and submit both applications.  Unlike last year, LEAs must apply using current school year data.  LEAs applying for Section 7003 must do a survey this year, and LEAs applying for Section 7002 must use their current year assessed value and tax rate information.

Log in to the Impact Aid Grant System to start your application. You will find the link to start your application on the Home page. Any user with application editor privileges can start and edit the application, and then submit it forward to those with signature privileges. Signatories will receive a task in the IAGS to review the application and assurances and submit. The application is not complete until the signature task is submitted.

We have a number of helpful tools available on our IAGS Training and Resources pages to help you submit your application. In particular, please review the Section 7002 Application Instructions and Section 7003 Application Instructions. If you need a refresher on IAGS account set up and how to complete an application, see our new slide deck, A Guide to Submitting a 7003 Application in the IAGS.

If you have not changed your IAGS password within the last 120 days, your system account is deactivated and you will not be able to reset your password. You can request that the system administrator reactivate your account by entering your email address in the green box on the Get Help page. Once reactivated, you will be able to use the “Forgot your password?” link to set up a new password and gain entry to the system. Each year, some applicants wait until the last minute to apply and find that they can’t log in due to a deactivated account. Applications submitted after the deadline, but before April 1, 2022 incur a 10 percent payment reduction penalty. Don’t let this happen to you!

Update on Supplemental Impact Aid Flexibility Act (S. 2959)

Proposed legislation that would permit LEAs to use certain information from their FY 2022 application on the FY 2023 application has passed the Senate and the House has not yet acted. Should this legislation be signed into law, the timing of the enactment will determine the logistics of its implementation. The application deadline remains January 31, 2022, and if they have not already completed a survey for this school year, Section 7003 LEAs should plan to do so as soon as possible to ensure they do not miss that deadline. We will provide more detailed information related to the pending legislation when we know it. Currently we plan that if enactment occurs before the deadline, we are prepared to act within days to update the application and application instructions. Any LEA may amend their application after submitted until June 30, 2022. This includes an LEA that timely submits its application before enactment, and an LEA that timely submits its application but enactment occurs after the January 31, 2022 deadline.

Surveys for the 2020-2021 School Year

Many LEAs have expressed concerns about lower response rates on the required annual survey of Federally connected students for the FY 2022 Section 7003 grant application due to the COVID-19 pandemic. LEAs must conduct surveys after the fourth day of school and before January 31 (34 CFR 222.33).  In light of these concerns, the Impact Aid Program is providing a summary of available survey options, including electronic options, that are currently permissible under the statute and program regulations.

If you have any questions, please contact your State analyst or email