Students Get Free Travel to Visit Their Military Family Overseas

Are you a college student going to school in the U.S. while your family is stationed outside the country? If so, you may be able to visit them for free this Christmas.

Actually, this benefit isn’t limited to just Christmas. You can take one round trip each fiscal year to visit your family overseas if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be unmarried and under age 23.
  • You must be attending an accredited college or school.
  • You must be enrolled full time in a degree or vocational training program.

Your military parent must be on an accompanied tour outside the U.S.; the rest of your family must be living with them.

If your parents are stationed in Alaska or Hawaii, you’re not eligible for this benefit. And you are also not eligible if you’re attending a service academy.

Your military parent must arrange this transportation through their overseas command. You will either fly Space Available on a military aircraft or be reimbursed for a plane ticket. No per diem for incidental expenses is authorized.

Details on the Dependent Student Travel Program are located in the Joint Travel Regulations paragraph 050816.

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