Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA)
What is the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA)?
The MoD offers the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) to:
● help provide continuity of education for a child
● enable the spouse of a Service person (SP) to accompany them on postings.
In claiming CEA, a Service person must fully accept that accompanied service is the overriding principle for maintaining entitlement. An exception to this requirement is a SP who is classified as Involuntarily Separated (INVOLSEP). This classification must be confirmed by the claimant’s Commanding Officer or by means of casework to Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) before claiming while serving unaccompanied.
CEA is available for children aged eight years and over. There is a junior and senior rate of CEA – which allowance you are eligible for depends on the fee structure of the school you choose. The junior and senior rates are not related to rank.
Children for whom CEA is being claimed must be placed in their correct chronological year group. If a school suggests that a child be placed, on entry to the school, in the year behind (or in front of) their correct year group, advice and authority for this must be sought from CEAS before the placement is accepted as this may affect your eligibility to claim CEA. Advice and authority must also be sought from CEAS if a child is back-yeared or asked to repeat a year in a school they are already attending.
You are expected to contribute a minimum of 10% towards the fees. The fees are only part of the costs of attending a boarding school and so it is important to be clear about any extras the school charges for.
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