This program began in 2010 and is run through the Department of Defense. It is designed to help military spouses have better opportunities for employment.
Who is Eligible for the MyCAA Program?
The MyCAA program is open to spouses of active duty servicemembers who are in the pay grades of E-1 through E-5, W-1 and W-2, and O-1 and O-2. Spouses of activated Guard members and reservists are also eligible for the program if the servicemember is on Title-10 orders and the spouse will finish their sponsored courses before the service member is off Title-10 orders. Spouses within all branches of the military are eligible (except Coast Guard spouses).
How does it work?
MyCAA participants are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in Tuition Assistance benefits, with a maximum of $2,000 per fiscal year. Spouses can receive Tuition Assistance to get associate degrees, certifications, and licensures. These benefits cannot be used for advanced degrees or the completion of a bachelor’s degree. There is a requirement that the student must complete their study program within three years from the start date.
Purpose of the MyCAA Program
The goal is to help make military spouses more employable. The government knows that enlisted members and junior officers do not make a large salary and when married, they often need a dual-income household.
Where can I learn more about the MyCAA program?
Eligible military spouses can begin the application process at the official MyCAA website. Spouses will need to create a profile, and their eligibility will be confirmed by linking their account with DEERS. Once eligibility has been established, the spouse can then create a Career and Training Plan, which will need approval.
As previously noted, the student must enroll in an education plan that will lead to a portable career (list of approved programs). The student can then request their Financial Assistance document within 30 days of the first class date. Spouses are required to apply to the school and enroll in the courses on their own.
MyCAA Course Options
There are many different institutions that participate in the MyCAA program. It’s important to find the right program for your needs. For example, you may wish to work with an online school that provides you with the flexibility you need to accomplish your schooling or training on your schedule. Online programs allow busy spouses the benefit of doing their training and coursework when it is most convenient for them.
You may also consider a program that will help you get training for a job that is portable. Military members are constantly moving and deploying and spouses need a job that is in demand and can be used at any place in the world. So look for a college that offers a wide variety of certificates and associate degree programs including homeland security, healthcare, information technology, finance, telecommunications and electronics, and general business.
The MyCAA program is something you should definitely take advantage of. Only 20% of eligible spouses actually do. It allows you to advance your education for free or for a very minimum cost. If you have been thinking about furthering your education, now is the time!