Are schools obligated to pay parents’ out-of-pocket costs that are associated with an IEE?

Published: March 20th, 2017

Although the regulations that implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are silent as to this matter, the United States Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) provides clarity by stating that funding for the IEE must include “the [reasonable] expenses incurred by the parent for travel, meals, and lodging if an overnight trip is necessary . . . [and the] financial resources of the parent would not be determinative.” [Letter to Heldman, 20 IDELR 621 (OSEP 1993)]