Tired of moving from job to job?
Military spouses do that a lot, unfortunately. Luckily, there’s a program that helps spouses find their footing a bit faster.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA) was created to help spouses pay for professional credentials that make job hunting more efficient with each PCS move.
The MyCAA scholarship offers up to $4,000 in tuition assistance to eligible spouses to earn a certificate, license, certification, or associate’s degree to stabilize their careers. Best of all? Any educational institution that is MyCAA accredited must take the funds.
Unsure if you qualify for the program?
Below, we break down what the eligibility requirements are for military spouses to use MyCAA.
Like most government programs, MyCAA serves a very specific purpose for certain military spouses. This benefit works well for spouses who need to get professional credentials in order to sustain a portable career.
Eligible individuals include:
Spouses whose sponsor is in the National Guard and reserve component in these same pay grades also qualify for the MyCAA benefit.
The list of those who are not eligible for MyCAA is a bit longer than those who are actually eligible. Check the information below to see if you fall into one of these categories. If you do, you may have to look for educational assistance elsewhere.
Non-eligible individuals include:
If you’re ready to start schooling soon, now is the time to get your account and paperwork in order. The government takes its time with processing most all documents, so if you know using your MyCAA benefit is what you want to do, start sooner rather than later.
Your first step to learning more and getting into the MyCAA system is getting into the MyCAA Spouse Portal to start your profile. This will confirm your DEERS status to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements as listed above.
Once your account is approved, you’ll be able to navigate through the portal to learn more about how the MyCAA program works.
If the portal is giving you a hard time, you can always reach out to a SECO Career Counselor through the Department of Defense. They’ll be able to provide you with personalized guidance and address any questions you have. You can reach career counselors at 800-342-9647. Otherwise, reach out for help via the message box feature inside the portal for fastest service.
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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