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96

JUNE 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

about the difference

between the educational

travel benefit (DSSR 280)

and the transportation

component related to

attending an “away from

post” boarding school

(DSSR 270). The latter falls under the

education allowance.

One cannot claim both the education

allowance and educational travel benefit

for the same child at the same time.

In fact, there is no need to use the

educational travel benefit for a student

attending boarding school, because the

“away from post“ education allowance

rate discussed earlier includes the cost of

travel to and from the boarding school.

This built-in travel cost is sometimes

referred to as the “Education Allowance

transportation component” to distin-

guish it from “Educational Travel.”

For example, a student might use the

educational travel benefit when travel-

ling from a foreign post to an accredited

full time college or university, either

inside or outside the United States.

FLO:

Is there anything else readers

should know about the Office

of Allowances?

ALLOWANCES:

Education

and educational travel are just

two of the many allowances

or benefits provided for in the

DSSR. Our office also works

with each post to evaluate

and set rates for the post (hardship) dif-

ferential, post allowance (cost-of-living

allowance) and overseas per diem, to

name a few.

The DSSR and how it applies to a par-

ticular situation can be complicated at

times, but we have an excellent collection

of FAQs on our website

(https://aoprals

.

state.gov). The website also has useful

links to other offices and resources such

as Overseas Schools, Medical Services

Continued from page 84

Education and educational

travel are just two of the many

allowances or benefits provided

for in the DSSR.