Written by Erin Stalcup for World Education
If you are a military spouse seeking assistance in training you can see if you qualify for a MyCAA Scholarship.
What is that, you ask? The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides eligible military spouses with financial assistance for licenses, certifications or associate degrees to pursue an occupation or career field. They will also assist in career exploration, finding a job and getting you ready for interviews and creating a resume.
They also have financial aid coaches to help find the best plan of action for you and your goals, including financial aid, training, and licensing costs. The financial assistance scholarship MyCAA offers provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses who have completed high school (or received a GED) and who need professional credentials to pursue their career goals.
Annual cap waivers are available for licensure and certification programs if there is an upfront tuition cost that exceeds $2,000 (up to the maximum education benefit of $4,000). (Please note: this is only allowed to be used to go towards tuition and examination for licensure fees. It does not include book or supply costs, tuition NOT included in your MyCAA plan, or additional fees.)
So which military spouses qualify for the MyCAA Scholarship program (as reported from their official website)?
The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Program is open to spouses of active-duty service members and National Guard and reserve members under Title 10 orders in pay grades E-1 through E-5, W-1 through W-2, and O-1 through O-2. The authorization of the fiscal 2020 NDAA allows military spouses to remain eligible for the financial assistance offered through the MyCAA scholarship if their sponsor is promoted above the eligible ranks as long as the spouse has an approved education and training plan in place.
● Spouses of service members in the National Guard or reserve in the pay grades listed above
● Spouses who have completed high school or obtained a GED
● Spouses who have financial assistance document(s) approved before the active-duty service member’s date of separation or the active-duty service member’s release from Title 10 military orders
If you have more questions regarding this program please visit their official website at: https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa/