Transportation Payment

General Information

Transportation expenses are paid/reimbursed up to the DSSR rate for the duty location. One round trip per day is allowed to school and return. The one-way distance must exceed one mile to qualify for payment/reimbursement. Sponsors may not claim Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) mileage from the home to the transportation point of pick-up. Sponsors electing to live outside the commuting area are required to pay for transportation of their dependents to the nearest point in the commuting area served by the non-DoD school or established by the local commander.

Transportation expenses are paid/reimbursed in the following order:

  1. Transportation is provided or arranged by the school or by the U.S. government (e.g. Embassy contracted bus).
  2. If neither school transportation nor U.S. government transportation is available, sponsors may use commercial transportation (e.g. buses, trains, or taxis) or POV mileage may be claimed using the Defense Travel Management Office Mileage Rates.

Sponsors may choose to transport their children at their own expense.

This type of transportation is when the transportation is provided by or arranged by the school or by the U.S. government such as an embassy contracted bus. If School or U.S. Government Transportation is not available, then you can choose between POV Transportation or Commercial Transportation.

If you use School or U.S. Government Transportation, you should follow the same process as "Payment for a School Invoice."

POV Transportation

POV Transportation can be used if School or U.S. Government Transportation is unavailable. To be reimbursed for POV Transportation, complete the following form:

NOTE: To claim POV mileage, refer to the Defense Travel Management Office Mileage Rates. Only one round trip per day is allowed to school and return. The one-way distance must exceed one mile to qualify for payment/reimbursement.

Commercial Transportation can be used if School or U.S. Government Transportation is unavailable. This type of transportation includes commercial modes of transportation such as a public bus, train, taxi, etc. If you use commercial transportation, you should follow the same process as "Payment for a School Invoice."


Boarding School Transportation

NDSP will fund transportation to and from the duty station to school once at the beginning of the school year and once at the end of the school year up to the DSSR rate. The student must be on orders and travel arranged through the sponsor's command or agency.

Please review the information in the Memo-Student Educational Travel Associated with Student Eligible for Non-Department of Defense School Program, which gives you information about allowable transportation costs associated with a boarding school.

If your command/agency has questions, please have them contact NDSP Program Administration.


Visit the NDSP Invoice Processing Office to submit your invoice to the appropriate office depending upon your location.