Change to Automobile Mileage Reimbursement Rate

December 19, 2012


SUBJECT:   Current Mileage and Travel Reimbursement Rates
Applicable to State and Federal Grants from the Texas Education Agency

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has changed the automobile mileage reimbursement rate. On January 1, 2013, the rate will increase from 55.5 to 56.5 cents per mile. Travel and lodging reimbursement rates have not changed. The standard rates, effective until August 31, 2013, are up to $77 per night for lodging and up to $46 per day for meals, unless a higher rate for the travel destination is specified. (Refer to the In-State Travel section of the attachment, page 2, for more information about determining rates for specific destinations.)

For ease of reference, this letter describes how to find current and updated reimbursement rates on the Texas State Comptroller’s website. The mileage, lodging, and meal reimbursement rates published by the comptroller apply to all grants funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for individuals on travel status.

For more detailed information regarding allowable travel expenses, consult the Texas State Comptroller’s website. Follow these steps to locate information on the comptroller’s site regarding per diem rates for lodging and meals for specific cities or counties:

  1. Select the “Finances & Economy” tab at the top of the home page.
  2. Scroll down to the “Fiscal Management” section, and select “State of Texas Travel Information.”
  3. In the “Resources” section, select the “Textravel” logo.
  4. Select either the Meals and Lodging or the Transportation tab.
  5. In the “Rates” section in the right column, select “Current Rates.”

See the attached guidelines for more information. If you have any further questions, please email the Office of the Chief Grants Administrator at



Cory Green, Chief Grants Administrator
Office for Grants and Federal Fiscal Compliance