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Education Benefits

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Education benefits apply to staff holding regular, open, term, or executive director's advisor appointments.

In addition to Staff Rule 06.14, the following apply:

  • Education Travel Fares
  • Reverse Home Country Travel may apply if a child is studying in the staff member's home country
  • In cases where the World Bank Group does not pay room and board costs for a primary or secondary boarding school, and is unable to provide a distinction between (i) tuition, and (ii) room and board, to a staff member wishing to confirm education usage, the following percentages apply:
  • Military school’s tuition fee = 60 percent of total cost
  • All other school’s tuition fee = 65 percent of total cost
  • Exchange rates used to reimburse for education abroad are those reported by the UN in their Post Adjustment Circulars. Refer to Annex B: Education Benefits of Staff Rule 06.14. For an illustration of exchange rate reimbursements, click here.
  • The Bank Group reimburses only costs related specifically to education of children.

o    Reimbursable expenses:

  • Application fees
  • Art fee
  • Boarding would be included in the benefits authorization under subsistence allowance, if the school is not in the duty station country
  • Building fee
  • Capital levy fee, where charged to all students
  • Computer fee
  • Computer software purchases that are mandatory for a particular class
  • Computer network cards, if mandatory. Documentation is required.
  • Development fee
  • Differential fee
  • Diploma fee
  • Enrollment fee
  • Exam fee, including PSAT, SAT, AP, TOEFL, and GRE exams and Baccalaureate
  • Graduation fee
  • Lab fee
  • Levy Certificate or COG for Jakarta International School only, as this is a pre-enrollment tuition pre-payment unique to that school
  • Physical plant fee
  • Registration fee
  • Room and board, if the school is not in the duty station country
  • School equipment/maintenance fee
  • Student fee
  • Summer school only for university level and if the summer school is at the same institution attended by the child during the regular school year
  • Technology fee paid to the school for in-classroom usage, not in dormitory or home
  • German School only: Flat rate and membership fee


o    Non-reimbursable expenses:

  • Activity fees; also refer to specific fee name. Example: sports fee
  • Before and after-school care expenses
  • Boarding, if the school is in the duty station country
  • Books not required for classes, including standardized test preparation books. Book expenses are already part of the education grants.
  • Camp fee
  • Camping fee
  • Capital Levy Certificate where required to hold a 'seat' in a particular school; common in some country office duty stations, often the associated region 'owns' several of these seats; for Jakarta International School, see ‘Levy Certificate’ above, in the ‘Reimbursable Fees’ section.
  • Church fee
  • Class dues
  • Clothing
  • Cognitive testing
  • Computers and accessories such as software and modems except as indicated in the 'Reimbursable' section
  • Computer connectivity costs such as DSL line, high-speed internet, and extra dial-up line
  • Data and voice connectivity fees
  • Dental expenses that would be covered under the Bank Group’s Medical Insurance Plan (MIP), even if the staff member or child is not an MIP participant
  • Driver education fee
  • Early arrival fee
  • Equipment
  • Fax costs
  • Field trips, even if mandatory
  • Fitness center fees
  • Fund-raising, fees or otherwise
  • Handbooks
  • Haircuts—in military academies
  • Health club fees
  • Health services fees
  • Installation plan fees—fees associated with paying expenses in installments
  • Instruction fee
  • Insurance refund plan
  • Interest charged on accounts
  • Jackets
  • Laptop computers and accessories such as modems, except as indicated in the 'Reimbursable' section
  • Locker fees
  • Lunch fees
  • Meals
  • Medication
  • Medical testing or other medical expenses that would be covered under the Bank Group's Medical Benefits Plan (MBP)/MIP, even if the staff member or child is not an MBP/MIP participant
  • Musical instruments
  • Postage
  • Preparatory courses for standardized testing such as SAT, PSAT, and Baccalaureate
  • Prescription drugs
  • Psychological testing
  • PTA dues
  • Publication fees
  • Recital fees
  • Reservation fees
  • Retreat fees
  • Rings
  • Room and board, if the school is in the duty station country
  • Shipping and handling charges for books purchased online
  • Sports fees
  • Summer school—kindergarten, primary, and secondary schools
  • Summer school, for example, university, where the summer school is not the same institution attended by the child during the regular school year
  • School supplies
  • Taxes, including sales tax on any purchase of any reimbursable item
  • Telephone charges
  • Transcript fees
  • Transportation fees
  • Uniforms
  • Visa fees
  • Voice and data connectivity fees
  • Yearbooks

Refer to the Request Education Benefits checklist for steps to request for education benefits.

For more information, refer to Staff Rule 06.14.


In case of conflict between this guidance and the applicable staff rule, the staff rule prevails.