Skip to main content

Key Issue Header

Advance Enrollment


Key Message

Military children are often limited in their school and course registration options due to the timing of military-directed moves. States can help by waiving proof of residency requirements until the student arrives in the new state on military transfer orders.


Generally, military families being transferred on official orders are not allowed to register their children for school until they are physically located in the school district, putting them at a disadvantage.


About 185,000 military children change schools annually, and could miss important registration and application periods. They may then have to shift their planned courses of study, which could require them to attend summer school and even delay their graduation.

State Policymakers

If you are a state policymaker, request more information.