The Foreign Service Journal - June 2017
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JUNE 2017




By the time kids have entered

grade school or junior high,

many parents realize that the

local international school

simply has no U.S. history

class or resources. What can

parents do to supplement the

school’s curriculum?


Expenses for a

supplemental U.S. history class can be

reimbursed in addition to the autho-

rized “at post” education allowance. For

example, if a parent needs to buy a U.S.

history textbook and hire a private tutor

to teach U.S. history because that subject

is not provided at their child’s school, the

cost of the textbook and the tutor may be

reimbursable as supplementary instruc-


See DSSR 276.9 for a complete list of

circumstances in which supplementary

instruction may be reimbursed. Also note

that reimbursement for supplementary

instruction is currently limited to $4,100

per year.


Are there any recent updates to the

educational travel allowance?


Up to now, we have

been talking about allowances for primary

and secondary school educa-

tion under DSSR 270.

When talking about the

educational travel ben- efit under DSSR 280, we


switching gears to talk about

the one annual round trip

of transportation between

the post and school a child is attending

full-time, either at the secondary or post-

secondary level.

Rather than the previous restriction to

the United States, the school may be any-

where in the world now. Also, the annual

round tripmay originate from either the

school or the employee’s foreign post of


Parents sometimes get confused

The annual round trip may

originate from either the school

or the employee’s foreign post

of assignment.

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