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FAQ: Do You Have to Pay Back MyCAA If You Fail?

The short answer is, no – you do not have to return your MyCAA funds if you fail a course. MyCAA is a scholarship, not a loan, and MyCAA doesn’t make you pay them back, but there are consequences to failing the course. Read on to see why it’s important to pass programs taken using the MyCAA grant.

What Should You Do If You Fail?

The first thing you need to do if you fail is call your MyCAA counselor and explain the circumstances. If you or your family has been experiencing severe hardships like health problems, permanent relocation, or emergency leave of the service member, you may qualify for a hardship waiver.

Hardship waivers are only approved for extreme cases. You need to request the waiver in writing and include official documentation that verifies the reason you’re requesting the waiver. Documentation must be signed by your spouse’s supervisor or a higher authority.

Your MyCAA counselor can give you more information on whether you qualify for a waiver. If you do, you may choose to repeat the same course. The only other way you can repeat a course is if your school grants you a refund and sends the money back to MyCAA. (Remember, you don’t have to pay back any of the money yourself.)

How Does Failing Affect Your MyCAA Eligibility?

Failing a course will affect your ability to get MyCAA funding in the future. When you sign up to receive funds, you agree to certain MyCAA scholarship requirements. One of those is that if you fail or withdraw from a course, MyCAA will lock your account. You won’t be able to get more assistance until you speak with a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Counselor.

The counselor’s job is to help you make a plan for your future studies. Maybe you’ll try a new course geared toward the same career or a similar one. Maybe you’ll try a course in a different field. It all depends on what you want from your career and what your experience was with the first course you tried.

You’re only allowed one course failure or withdrawal according to MyCAA requirements. If you accept MyCAA funding for a second course and withdraw from or fail from that program, MyCAA will permanently lock your account. Keep that in mind when you’re planning your next steps. Don’t let your failure get you down, but choose your next program carefully.

How Can You Avoid Failing Your MyCAA Course?

Military spouses are used to planning for contingencies. Most of the time, that makes sense, but try not to plan for a possible failure if you’re still working through your course. Before you ask yourself, “Do I have to pay back MyCAA if I fail?” ask something more along the lines of “What’s the best way to succeed?”

At MedCerts, we have a team of dedicated Student Support and Education Consultants to help you stay on track for success. You start your education journey with a one-on-one orientation. As you move through the course, you have access to certified Student Support Advisors who can answer your questions and help you understand the material.

Interested in starting a MyCAA program where people are there for you and committed to your success? Visit the MedCerts website today and browse our MyCAA-eligible programs.


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