National Defense Education Act Law and Legal Definition

The National Defense Education Act of 1958 is a U.S federal statute. The Act provides fund to educational institutions in the U.S. The object of the Act is:

1. to provide the country with specific defense orientated personnel; and

2. to provide financial assistance to students.

The Act provides aid to both public and private institutions. The initial purpose of the Act is to fund for the advancement of education in the field of science, mathematics, and modern foreign languages and this was later extended to other fields of education.

The Act provides 90% capital grand to institution of higher education. The Act also provides support for the improvement and growth in the elementary and secondary education.

The Act prohibits federal direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, programs of institution, administration, or personnel of any institution.