MyCAA Program Helps Military Spouses Pursue Education

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Program is a career development and employment assistance program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation. MyCAA is a component of the Department of Defense’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program.

Who is eligible for MyCAA Financial Assistance?
Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserve Components in these same pay grades. The program does not include spouses of Coast Guard members. For a complete list of eligibility, visit the MyCAA Fact Sheet.

What does MyCAA pay for?
The program provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses who need professional credentials to meet their Portable Career goals. The tuition costs cover education and training courses and examinations leading to a recognized license, certificate, certification or Associate’s degree with a specified concentration or major (excluding Associate’s Degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration).

What schools are participating?
The license, certificate/certification and Associate’s degree must be obtained from a MyCAA approved accredited college, university, or technical school in the United States or approved testing organization that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.

There are approximately 3,000 schools and campuses participating in the MyCAA Program. You can search for schools and programs on the MyCAA Spouse Portal. Access the MyCAA website using Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, as the website is not compatible with some browsers, including Safari and Google Chrome.

Visit these resources for more information:
MyCAA Spouse Portal
MyCAA Fact Sheet
MyCAA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please note that Corporate Gray has no affiliation with the MyCAA program. This article was written solely for informational purposes with the hope of helping military spouses gain education that will lead to employment.

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3 thoughts on “MyCAA Program Helps Military Spouses Pursue Education

  1. Career Step is a military friendly school that offers vocational training at affordable rates and flexible schedules online. It’s the perfect supplement for MyCAA funding caps. Military funding at Career Step can be extended to many programs that it offers; I think it’s a great solution for military spouses that are looking for ways to earn some money on the sideand keep busy while their better halves are posted and serving for their country.

    • Ashley – Thank you for sharing the Career Step program for vocational training. I’m glad to see so many programs available to spouses as well as the military service member. I think spouses may be the better half, but it’s a toss up!

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