Department of Defense Education Activity

Away From Post


  1. Technology fees charged by the school, provided the fee does not include the ownership (lease to own or purchase) of any devices, especially personal, computing devices.
  2. Laboratory
  3. Matriculation
  4. Fees for group instruction activities such as music, art, and physical education; if these fees are included in courses regularly offered in the curriculum of the school
  5. Costs or fees for course-required or end-of-year examinations/tests, consistent with U.S. public school requirements
  6. Necessary elective courses offered by the school
  7. Musical instrument rental fee required for course as part of school curriculum

Tuition and Education Resources

  1. Publically advertised tuition rates
  2. Required elective courses offered by the school
  3. Textbooks, or access to online textbooks, used as a standard work for the study of a particular subject and required as part of the curriculum and supplies normally provided free of charge in public schools in the U.S
  4. Room and board in private boarding school facilities


  1. Five-Day Boarding: Transportation to and from school on weekends and school breaks.
  2. Full-Time Boarding: Transportation provided from duty station to the school/boarding facility at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the school year up to the limit of the education allowance set by the DSSR.
  • Transportation at school breaks
  • School uniforms
  • Field trips/school excursions//athletic events regardless of whether the trips are predominantly academic in nature or if participation is mandatory or voluntary.
  • Personal devices including, but not limited to, computing devices, internet, personal telephone, satellite or communications
  • Magazine or newspaper subscriptions
  • Admission to school events
  • PSAT/ACT/SAT associated costs
  • Fees for locker or towels
  • Fees for museums, culture events, or performances
  • Fees for graduation, yearbooks, parent-school organizations.
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Debentures that pay for shares of stock in the school which make either the employee or the United States Government a shareholder in the school
  • Supplemental instruction
  • Transfer fees charged by bank
  • Postage fees
  • Private residential or non-dormitory facility