Many military families who live off-base are paying hundreds of dollars each month in housing expenses that are beyond their basic housing allowance (BAH), Military Times reported.

It is one of the findings of the Military Family Lifestyle Survey released this week by Blue Star Families and the Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

The BAH is designed to cover about 95% of a service member’s or family’s private sector, off-base housing expenses, with adjustments for such factors as geography, family and rank.

DOD data suggests the uncovered expenses should range from $70 to $158 per month. But the majority of families in the survey said they are paying more than $200 each month above their BAH.

“For military families, finding housing that fulfills both location and family needs can be a costly balancing act,” wrote the researchers of the study, based on a survey of nearly 7,000 completed responses.

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