Q: Is a non-minor dependent (NMD) placed in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) eligible to receive an education travel reimbursement? How about a NMD living in THP+FC?
A: Yes, a NMD who is placed in a SILP, meets all other eligibility requirements and is attending high school at their school of origin is eligible for an education travel reimbursement. This was established in the federal Fostering Connections to Success Act (PL 110-351) which “provides for the cost of reasonable travel for the child to remain in the school in which the child is enrolled at the time of placement as an allowable foster care maintenance cost.”
The education travel reimbursement is intended to pay the travel expenses for a NMD to remain in the school of origin, not to pay for education-related travel costs generally. However, a NMD living in THP+FC is not eligible to receive an education travel reimbursement. For more information about the mileage reimbursement and public transportation reimbursement, read ACL 13-03 and ACL 11-51.