The application for extraordinary special education aid, or EXAID, was recently made available on the New Jersey Department of Education’s Homeroom webpage. Applications will be accepted through May 26, 2023, according to an advisory from the NJDOE.

EXAID provides additional aid to districts with students who are classified and have certain expenses, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-55. The application for reimbursement is for costs incurred during the 2022-2023 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 for expenses that exceed $55,000. Please be advised, the tuition rate included in reimbursement requests for these students cannot exceed the NJDOE-approved tentative per diem rate for 2022-2023.

Charter schools and renaissance school projects are eligible to apply through the resident district of the applicable student.

Award notifications will be sent out after the application closes May 26, 2023, and payments will be made during fiscal year 2024. In the event that sufficient funding is not appropriated by the Legislature, award amounts will be prorated.

For detailed accounting guidance and more information, refer to the full advisory.

For questions, email the NJDOE.