Military spouses looking to further their career, but in need of some financial assistance… look no further. There’s a military spouse scholarship for just that.

My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development 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 & occupation. Spouses may use their My Career Advancement Account Scholarship funds at any academic institution approved for participation in the scholarship.

Who is eligible for MyCAA?

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 have successfully completed high school and have the ability to request tuition assistance while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders are eligible. Spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserves in these same pay grades are eligible.

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What will the MyCAA Scholarship pay for?

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship pays tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in general studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies that do not have a concentration). The scholarship also covers the costs for obtaining a license, certi cate or certi cation at an accredited college, university or technical school in the United States or approved testing organization that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.

What MyCAA Scholarship will NOT pay for:

  1. Tuition for courses and examinations not included in the spouse’s Education and Training Plan and courses already started or completed by the spouse
  2. Reimbursements of any kind
  3. Books, supplies, equipment, uniforms, computers and electronic devices of any kind

    4. Student activities, events and entertainment

    5. Prepayment or deposits for future courses, unless costs are part of a block of study

    6. School or college level entrance examinations, comprehensive exams and related preparatory courses

    7. Courses, tests or fees normally paid by an employer as part of a job training program

    8. Fees of any kind, including but not limited to registration fees, technology fees, parking fees, etc.

    9. Nonacademic credit or ungraded courses, including courses taken on an audit basis or as an internship, practicum, apprenticeship or clinical supervision; also, nonacademic credit or ungraded orientation programs

    10. Courses taken more than one time, unless the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship has received a full refund from the school

    11. Academic credit by examination tests

    12. General studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary associate degrees that do not have a concentration

    13. Personal enrichment courses (excluding academic credit or graded electives in an approved My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Spouse Education and Training Plan)

    14. Transportation, lodging, child care and medical services

    15. Course extensions (except for approved hardship waivers)

    16. Study-abroad programs (excluding programs of study o ered by participating My Career Advancement Account Scholarship schools on overseas military installations)

    17. Private licenses (Ex: a private pilot’s license would not be covered because it is for recreational use, but a commercial pilot’s license would be covered because it would be used for an occupation.)

    18. High school completion programs, including online high school completion programs

    19. Continuing education credits to maintain a standing in a professional organization

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How to make your MyCAA Scholarship Account

Spouses can visit the My CAA Scholarship Spouse Portal and provide the required Spouse Profile information.

Quick Facts

For more facts on this program explore this MyCAA Fact Sheet.

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