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78

JUNE 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

mined by an analysis of school

costs, such as tuition and

local transportation. The post

submits these costs through

regular surveys to update the

allowance as prices go up or

down. If OS determines that

no school at post is adequate,

we use $150 as a dummy/

placeholder rate because the default

allowance in this situation is “away from

post.”

FLO:

How is the “away from post”

education allowance determined?

ALLOWANCES:

When a school at

post is deemed adequate, the “away from

post” rate is identical to the “at post” rate.

However, when no school at post

is adequate, Allowances establishes a

higher “away from post” rate to defray

the cost of attending a school (often,

but not always, a boarding school) away

from post. The rate is based on tuition,

room and board, and airfare three times

a year to and from school.

FLO:

Many countries have more than

one school option for parents. Is the edu-

cation allowance limited to

enrollment in the desig-

nated base school?

ALLOWANCES:

No. An

employee has freedom of

choice in school selection

with reimbursement up to

the designated “at post”

and “away from post” rates.

Such flexibility in choice of

schools is important to remember, so that

when decision-making time comes, you

can move forward with the confidence

that you can seek reimbursement even if

the school is not the base school used by

the U.S. mission community.

While school choice is often avail-

able, the cost of alternate choices is only

An employee has freedom

of choice in school selection

with reimbursement up to

the designated “at post” and

“away from post” rates.

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