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JUNE 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

While the Office of Allowances

sets the overall policy and

rates, it does not provide

funding; nor does it approve the

disbursement of funds.

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reimbursed up to prescribed

limits in the DSSR. Sec-

tion 272.3 discusses school

selection and has a number

of instructive examples. Our

website also has a compre- hensive FAQ section that

covers this topic. Parents

should know these levels of

reimbursement and be mindful of the

financial implications.

Likewise, an “away from post” allow-

ance may be available, depending on the

country-specific rates. The post financial

management officer (FMO) can discuss

post specifics and the mechanics of

education allowances with parents early

on to ensure they understand how the

relevant DSSR education rules apply to

the facts and circumstances of each case.

FLO:

Who ultimately approves educa-

tion allowance reimbursements?

ALLOWANCES:

The certifying officer

at post, normally the FMO, approves edu-

cation allowance reimbursements. While

the Office of Allowances sets the overall

policy and rates, it does not

provide funding; nor does it

approve the disbursement

of funds.

FLO:

Have there been

recent allowance changes

that families should be

aware of?

ALLOWANCES:

The

DSSR has been updated in the past few

years to include such things as the reim-

bursement of school fees for the rental of

computer equipment. See DSSR Section 277 for a complete list of reimbursable

education expenses.

FLO:

One educational gap typically of

great interest to parents is American history.