If there was a way to make going back to school easier, wouldn't you do it?
If you’re a military spouse, you might have a hard time picking a program and going back. After all, you never know when you might get those PCS orders that might interrupt school.
Worse, if you train for a career that’s not easily portable, it can leave a big fat hole in your resume thanks to gaps in employment due to constant moves.
Luckily, My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA), was created for military spouses to get back to school with ease. Eligible military spouses have access to numerous resources, including financial aid and career coaching which can lead you onto the right career path with higher pay.
Ready to use your MyCAA benefit?
Learn why it’s a smart move to use MyCAA to go back to school:
As a military spouse using MyCAA, you have access to career coaches who can help you define your career path. This is an important and necessary step prior to activating your MyCAA scholarship. Additionally, you’ll also have the ability to do in-depth occupation research and build your resume with an experienced career coach who works exclusively with military spouses.
A research brief from Rand Corporation found that MyCAA users were more likely to find work and earn more than military spouses who hadn’t used the benefit. After 2011, users of the benefit earned more rapidly than their counterparts who didn’t use their MyCAA benefit.
When you move a lot, it can be challenging to quickly land a new job. With MyCAA, one of the biggest goals of career coaches is to see to it that students are choosing careers in high-growth fields.
These fields are also highly portable, including:
Healthcare jobs in particular are highly portable because there is a large demand across the country for healthcare roles to be filled quickly. Doctors’ offices and hospitals are often busy and understaffed, leaving more opportunity for trained and certified individuals to step in.
Depending on what program you pick, your education may be paid in full. MyCAA offers up to $4,000 of financial assistance. This is often the full cost of a dental assisting program and other short-term certification programs. It’s important to remember this benefit is paid toward programs that end in a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation. Not all military spouses are eligible, though, so be sure to check to see if you qualify.
Excited to head back to school? You can apply today to get started!
MyCAA can be one of two federal education sources used to pay for the same program. If you have any idea of the type of program you’d like to start, you’ll want to log into the Department of Defense Self-Service Logon where you’ll create a profile to get started. This is the same system you use for accessing your Tricare benefits, so it will probably look familiar!
If you’re interested in a MedCerts program and want to use your MyCAA benefit, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced education consultants. They’d be happy to assist you!
If you are a military spouse or your training is provided through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), you may be eligible for financial assistance to cover all or some of your tuition.
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