Impact Aid

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General Information

  • Blocks with the letters F-A-Q, with a link to our information on Impact Aid.  Impact Aid Program Survey forms will be sent home with students on Friday, October 1. These forms need to be completed and returned to school on Monday, October 4. Only one parent/guardian’s information is needed to complete the card, Active Duty parent/guardian's information should always take priority, where and when applicable, followed by a parent/guardian who works on base or on federal property in Oak Harbor.—a card for each student is required.  This information is vital as it determines how much Impact Aid funding Oak Harbor Public Schools receives from the federal government.

    The Federal Impact Aid Law was passed to help make up for lost property tax revenue to local districts due non-taxable federal property in their boundaries. The amount of Impact Aid we receive is determined by the actual number of our students with parents who live or work on NAS Whidbey Island or other federal property, including Native American lands and our schools on federal property: Crescent Harbor, HomeConnection and Hand-in-Hand. About half of our students meet these criteria. To qualify for funding, we need a completed survey form for every student attending in our district.

    Thank you for completing the information on your survey card in pen. Please correct any information on the pre-printed label as well and initial your correction. SIGN AND DATE the card and return it to school on Monday, October 4. Incomplete or missing forms will prompt personal contact from the district.


    Samples of completed Impact Aid Forms

    Impact Aid Card Example 1 (Working/living on federal property)
    Impact Aid Card Example 2 (Not working/living on federal property)

    We sincerely appreciate your help in completing all pertinent sections of the attached form in pen. By law, school staff is unable to add or change information. Be assured, your information is for classification purposes only and will be held in strict confidence. For more information on how to fill out this survey form, view our Frequently Asked Questions page

Impact Aid Funding

  • Due to having Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) here in Oak Harbor, about half of the property value in our school district is federally owned and not taxable.  School districts rely on local taxes for a variety of programs beyond the “basic education” funds the state provides.  Communities, like ours, with federal land, do not receive property taxes for that land or the buildings and facilities on it.  However, in 1950, Congress enacted The Federal Impact Aid Law recognizing its responsibility to schools in communities impacted by federal activities, like military bases, and committed to helping offset some of the lost revenue.

    Impact Aid funds are determined by the number of students in Oak Harbor Schools whose parents live or work on NAS Whidbey Island or other non-taxed federal property, including Native American lands.  Recently, this has been over $4.3 million per year. Without these funds, we could not offer many of the award-winning programs, opportunities and services that we do for our students.

    If you have any questions, please call the Oak Harbor Public Schools at 360.279.5000. More information can be found at the Department of Education website.