The application for extraordinary special education aid is now available on the New Jersey Department of Education’s Homeroom webpage. Applications will be accepted through May 24, 2024, according to an advisory from the NJDOE.

The extraordinary aid program provides additional aid to districts with classified students who have certain expenses over a set threshold, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-55. The application for reimbursement is for costs incurred during the 2023-2024 school year. For students educated in public school programs, the threshold is $40,000 in instructional and support services.

For students educated in private schools for students with disabilities, the threshold is $55,000. Be advised that the tuition rate included in reimbursement requests for these students cannot exceed the NJDOE-approved tentative per diem rate for 2023-2024.

Charter schools and renaissance school projects can also apply, but only through the resident district of the applicable student.

Award notifications will be sent out after the application closes, and the payment will be made during fiscal year 2025. In the event that sufficient funding is not appropriated by the Legislature, award amounts will be prorated.

Get accounting guidance and additional details in the full advisory.