School Liaison Ofiice
Whether you are inbound or outbound, get connected to your local school community to ensure a smooth transition for your military connected student. Resources and help are available at the School Liaison Office to answer your questions or concerns involving your K-12 youth’s educational needs. Provisions are also available for dependents registered in the exceptional family member program. Your student’s education is important. For more information, contact the School Liaison Officer at 747-4484 or stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 575 Holzapple Street, Building 207. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The public and private school systems in our area allow for a variety of choices for parents looking for sound academic options. Grand Forks AFB has a unique school system.
In 1989, School District #140 was established to provide a separate district with its own school board. Educational services are contracted through the Grand Forks Public Schools District #1. Public Schools on Grand Forks AFB provide a Special Needs Preschool, a Gifted and Talented program and Head Start classes, as well as Chapter One reading services and Special Needs programs such as Speech/Language Therapy, Learning Disabilities, Occupational/Physical Therapy, and Counselors.
To contact Grand Forks Public Schools call 746-2200.
Grand Forks Air Force Base houses two schools. Carl Ben Eielson Elementary is for K-3rd grade and Twining Elementary and Middle School houses grades 4th-8th. High school students attend one of two schools in Grand Forks. The majority of students from the Air Force Base attend Grand Forks Central but open enrollment is available for those who want to attend Red River High School. Breakfast and lunch are served at all schools and programs are available for reduced meals and special needs.
Private Schools in the area include: St. Michael’s Elementary and Holy Family/St. Mary’s Elementary school in Grand Forks. Sacred Heart Elementary/High School and Riverside Christian School are located in East Grand Forks, MN.
Neighboring communities such as Emerado, Larimore, Hatton, Thompson, Midway, Manvel, and Northwood are serviced by separate school districts. Students residing in these surrounding communities may request approval for open enrollment through the Grand Forks School District.
East Grand Forks is located in Minnesota and offers two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Students living in Minnesota must attend school in Minnesota.
Parents do have the option of choosing to home school their children. You can obtain a copy of the North Dakota Home Schooling Laws in the School Liaison office.
Busing is provided year round to both schools on base and to high school students in Grand Forks if attending Grand Forks Central. To have your student(s) picked up in front of your home for an on-base school, it is necessary to contact LINC Group at 594-5480 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. For off base bussing service to Grand Forks Central High School please contact Dietrich Bus Services at 772-0601. Dietrich also transports youth participating in after school sports to the base during the evening hours. Bussing information for private and independent school districts can be obtained by calling the school of interest directly.
Education & Training Center
Contact the Education & Training Center for information on adult education opportunities by calling 747-3316 or 3317. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may write us at: Education & Training Center, 319 FSS/FSDE, 344 Tuskegee Airmen Blvd., Grand Forks AFB ND 58205-6336.
Grand Forks AFB Education & Training Center offers degree programs from three fully accredited universities, two of which are open to the general public. Five off base schools offer numerous other educational opportunities. The Base Education Center offers classes and degrees through the Community College of the Air Force, Lake Region State College, and Park University.
Off base schools include the University of North Dakota, Northland Community and Technical School, University of Mary, Mayville State University, and The University of Minnesota Crookston. Available programs include Vocational Certificates as well as Associates, Bachelor, and Masters Degrees. Several Ph.D. programs are also available. All schools are fully accredited and approved for financial aid. These classes are open to military and civilians on/off base.
The Education & Training Center offers the opportunity to gain college credit by examination at no cost to the active duty and reserve personnel. Civilians and dependents are charged a fee. Through the DANTES Subject Standardization Tests (DSST) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP), students can earn from 3-12 college credits for each exam passed successfully. A test proctor service is offered to all beneficiaries.
Financial Assistance Programs
Counseling is available at the Base Education & Training Center on a number of financial assistance programs which are available. These programs include:
• Tuition Assistance, available at a rate of 100% to most active duty service members. Officers will incur a two year commitment if tuition assistance is used.
• The Post 9/11 GI Bill was introduced in 2009 and provides benefits for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. This GI Bill has a transferability option.
• Persons who enter active duty after June 30, 1985, who enrolled in the Montgomery GI Bill, are eligible to use these benefits after two years active duty. Those individuals originally entitled to Vietnam era GI Bill benefits have been converted to the Montgomery GI Bill.
• The Veterans’ Education Assistance Program (VEAP) applies to military persons who entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985.
• The Federal Government may award monies to students based on financial need. These funds may be used by active duty, civilians and dependents. Applicants must be undergraduate students who are attending college at least half time.
• A variety of scholarships and loans are also available. Specific information is available from the schools or education counselors. Also check with the Airman and Family Readiness Center for additional resources.