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Ukrainian children in the United States under the Uniting for Ukraine program attend public schools for free. The Education Act says that in every state in America, children have the right to an education. A public school is a free school available to all children of citizens and non-citizens.

State system of school education

Schools in the United States are divided into elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. To register your child for school, do not have to be a US citizen or permanent resident. Depending on the school, you may have to pay for some school supplies, materials and activities. For information, contact your state or school district department of education at

It is important to know children who go to the US without parents (as exchange students, etc.): a student with an F-1 visa can only attend a public school from 9th to 12th grade and for a period of no more than 1 year. Such a school must be certified under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). F-1 high school students are required to pay full tuition to the school in the school district where the public school is located. The cost usually ranges from $3,000 to $10,000. Organizations or private individuals can act as a sponsor and pay the full cost of a student's education. However, payment cannot be made from public funds. It is worth noting that these restrictions do not apply to children who are in the US with their parents.

More details on the official website of the US Department of Homeland Security:

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Information for Ukrainians 2022

Ukrainian children in the United States under the Uniting for Ukraine program attend public schools for free:

How to choose a school?

If you are traveling with children to the USA, and they will be able to take advantage of the right to free school education, the most important thing is to pay attention to the school district when choosing housing. The choice of school your children can enroll in is usually limited to the local school district of your primary residence, and the quality of schools can vary greatly between neighboring districts. When considering housing options, do your research on schools and find out which schools are in your area. Contact the school to make sure they are accepting new students.

List of documents

Each high school has different requirements, but typically the documents include:

  • a statement in the form of an essay;

  • documents confirming the financial ability to pay any tuition fees and expenses;

  • proof of language proficiency, for example, a TOEFL result;

  • extract of grades;

  • vaccination records;

  • some schools may also require essays, interviews, or teacher recommendations.

Features of private schools

Unlike public schools, private schools have no restrictions on international students. Private schools are more expensive, and these costs will vary greatly by state, city, county, and/or individual school.

Language of instruction, availability of integration classes


Although the federal government does not determine the official language, approximately 30 states have passed laws designating English as the official language. Several states have gone further by requiring their public schools to be taught only in English.

Visa, visa issues

Currently, the Uniting for Ukraine program is in place for Ukrainians, where Ukrainians, including those with children, seek refuge from the war. These children also attend US public schools for free.

If you and your child live in the US, for example, on work or other visas, then the child has the right to free school education like other children in America.

If you wish to send your child to participate in academic studies in the United States independently, in an accredited (approved) high school or an approved English language learning program, you need an F-1 visa. Expect at least 3 months to process the visa.

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